You wanted proof, instead of mystery . . .
1 December 2010 2 Comments
I saw Mako Fujimura post his Letter to Churches of North America back in October, but didn’t read it through at the time. It seems as though I can’t avoid it as its posted again and again by fellow artists around the web.
So I went back to it in full today. Originally I figured it wouldn’t have much new to say to me, and while that was true it was still worth taking the time to read.
You began to believe in the late 18th century that we needed rational categories, to try to protect “faith” from “reason.” Reason began to win the battle in this false dichotomy. As a consequence, you began to suspect the mystery of our being and the miraculous presence of God behind the visible. What you call “Secularism” is your own offspring*, given articulation by the division and fragmentation within the church. As a result of this dichotomy, you began to exile artists whose existence, up to that point, helped to fuse the invisible reality with concrete reality. An artist knows that what you can see and observe is only the beginning of our journey to discover the world. But you wanted proof, instead of mystery . . .
You should read it all the way through as well via this link.