Dec. 1 – Makoto Fujimura – CULTURE CARE [Advent Calendar]

The Englewood Review of Books
Best Books of 2017
Advent Calendar
December 1

 

 Culture Care:
Reconnecting with Beauty
for Our Common Life

 
Makoto Fujimura

 
Paperback: IVP Books, 2017
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[On the parable of the sower, Matt. 13] Fujimura presents the parable in a way I had never heard before, by using this parable to demonstrate the need to care for our culture. Fujimura’s perspective awakened in me a new imagination when he spoke of God as the sower, and us the tillers of the soil. Therefore, if the soil is culture, it is our responsibility to create spaces where beauty can take root and produce compassion, justice, grace, empathy, and righteousness. Towards the end of the book, Fujimura writes what is possibly his best and most important paragraph, “A culture of fear has never produced great culture,” he begins, “We create great art by loving culture, loving the materials and stories from which to create art. We create great art by having faith to love our neighbors as ourselves and even love our enemies” (129). If this is the role of an artist, then maybe I’m more of one than I thought after all.

  • from our review by Douglas Graves, 
    in our Lent 2017 magazine issue
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A talk that Fujimura gave on the book:



 

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