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Oh, Ye of Little Faith

Disgruntled fans rejected born-again Dylan in 1979, but a new boxed set of his gospel songs might finally convert them

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BORNAGAIN IS BORNAGAIN Dylan performing in 1980 with his band in Toronto
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HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE Afan scorned. In 1979, when Bob Dylan issued Slow Train Coming, an album that made plain his born-again conversion as an evangelical Christian, devotees felt disillusioned, if not duped. How could such a committed skeptic, a man possessed of endless probing and independent thought, buy into this or any orthodoxy? What place did the nuanced observation of Dylan have in the rigid script of the believer? Slow Train found him paraphrasing Scripture in ways that struck the agnostic as condescending, condemning and small.

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