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One of 1995’s biggest singles was Joan Osborne’s “One of Us.” The song earned 7 Grammy Award nominations, and made a virtually unknown singer an overnight sensation. It’s a song of spiritual questioning and about conceiving of God in a modern age.

These are some of the words of that song:

“If God had a name, what would it be,

and would you call it to his face,

if you were faced with him

in all His Glory,

what would you ask if You had just one question…

Chorus: What if God was one of us?

Just a slob like one of us?

Just a stranger on a bus, trying to make his way home.

Those lyrics concerned some conservative Christians groups because of their irreverent tone, and because the song’s popularity among young people seemed to imply a complete absence of faith in the God of the Bible. Now I’m not...

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