Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 1 (Winter 2015) - Page 107

VOLUME 11, NUMBER 1 A JOURNAL FOR THE THEOLOGY OF CULTURE MF: William Blake, T. S. Eliot, Dante, Vincent van Gogh, Jacques Maritain, Fra Angelico, St. Francis, J. S. Bach, and now Shusaku Endo. All of these “saints” have taught me how to live and love. PLM: What are your current projects and aspirations for your art? Please tell us about your forthcoming book titled Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering and its relation to your recent Silence series. MF: I will be bringing our collaborative project Qu4rtets to Hiroshima in November for their seventieth anniversary of the bombing. As I have written and advised on Scorsese’s film Silence and written a book on Shusaku Endo’s work, I have been painting a series on Silence and Beauty as well. Endo’s work (as well as Scorsese’s film) will be of enormous value to Christians. We are entering an era of persecution, an era in which our children will h ave to deal with complex battles that a “culture wars” mindset will not help (actually, a “culture wars” mindset will make it worse). My book is ultimately about finding generative life even in the midst of despair and a lack of hope. Endo “hid” these secrets toward human thriving in his books. Many give up without finishing the book, as the torture of the faithful proves too difficult to handle. My advice is to read to the very end, including the appendix, to see if your faith, though challenged by the book, may grow. PLM: What closing words would you like to leave with our readers? MF: Art reveals the mysteries of our souls and ultimately God’s love for us. Of course, we twist these good gifts into idols to control, manipulate, or market. We suffer from what my friend Bruce Herman stated as our “lust for certainty.” Art is the antidote to that, providing a generative path. 106