it's interesting and i think it says a lot of positive things that this band has become even more spiritual. that they haven't just held onto faith but they've let it evolve in them. i'm not personally the church going sort that i'd sometimes like to be, i just don't feel comfortable because for me spirituality is more personal, but i do have a strong faith that i wrestle with quite often. music is pretty much the church i belong to. and i often find a real connection w/spirituality through the music of U2, and Bach among others. It's a feeling in the music, and sometimes the words, but the music and the way it vibrates through your spine and your heart is where it's at.
i guess if some folks don't get the spiritual meaning of this album, i guess it's okay. it's a little bit of a shame though. still if someone isn't getting the spiritual message from the lyrics, as long as it stirs something inside, and they're filled with positive energy - that is also such a great thing. that's the essence of great music in my book, whether people want to call that spirituality or something else, they're hopefully getting something from it.
White as Snow is also an incredibly spiritual song...i would think that there would be no doubt whatsoever of the meaning(s) and the message of this album, with images of purity, the lamb, infinity, the heavens, the moment of surrender, being born to sing 'his' praises, God answering in mysterious ways in the song unknown caller (mysterious ways is also a spiritual song if you didn't hear it that way...'on your knees boy!'... she/God moves in mysterious ways!').
these guys filter nearly everything they do through their faith. beautiful.