Dec. 10 – Makoto Fujimura – Art and Faith [Advent Calendar]

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December 10

 

Art and Faith: A Theology of Making

Makoto Fujimura

 
Hardback: Yale UP, 2021
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Fujimura believes that God is the ultimate creator and that creating in the image of God is open to anyone, regardless of background, occupation, or social status. “Whether we are plumbers, garbage collectors, taxi drivers, or CEOs, we are called by the Great Artist to co-create,” he declares. Our lives are potential works of art. As for spirituality, imagination is at the heart of faith: Fujimura follows in the footsteps of one of his aesthetic mentors, poet and illustrator William Blake, who declared: “Jesus & his Apostles & Disciples were all Artists.” Of course, he isn’t writing only for Christians, or artists. God’s spirit is not interested in labels like “Christian” or “Church.” In fact, Fujimura classifies artists as “border stalkers” because they transcend “tribal norms” and mediate between conflicting realities. Beauty prepares the common ground upon which divided people may gather and heal. And that is one reason, among many, that Art and Faith is so important — our culture is in dire need of such healing.

 

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