Spații culturale și artistice – expresii ale Reformei,
In Genesis we see the divine dance in an early enigmatic story (18:1-8). “The Lord” appears to Abraham as “three men.” Abraham and Sarah seem to see the Holy One in the presence of these three, and they bow before them and call them “my lord” (18:2-3 Jerusalem Bible). Their first instinct is one of invitation and hospitality—to create a space of food and drink for their guests. Here we have humanity feeding God; it will take a long time to turn that around in the human imagination. “Surely, we ourselves are not invited to this divine table,” the hosts presume.
In a world that seems determined to go faster and faster each day; at breakneck speed for no reasons other than greed and fear, it is interesting and wise to wonder in the traditional way if our world is going mad and falling apart like never before – and that we are all caught up in this peculiar disintegration.
Nothing can be loved at speed, and I think we might be looking at the loss of love in the world due to the increased velocity of ordinary life; the loss of care, skill and attention enough to ensure the health and happiness of each other and the planet earth. It is a baffling problem and governments seem unable to recognize it, or do much about it at present.
To put it as a bleak modern metaphor, there may be moments when we feel we are all aboard an airliner being flown into a mountainside by the unstoppable forces of an incomprehensible madness. Now seems like a good time to talk about spirituality, art and innocence.
Why do I choose to put together this wonderful holy trinity of spirituality, art and innocence? Why do I feel so mystified, yet so at home and secure with these three ideas? Why the need to try and illuminate my ever deepening ideas about them, and yet enjoy watching them disappear beneath the depths of understanding or into the cloud of unknowing? Continue reading “Michael Leunig – Spirituality, Art & Innocence”
Michael Leunig is an Australian cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet. His commentary on political, cultural and emotional life spans more than forty years and has often explored the idea of an innocent and sacred personal world. The fragile ecosystem of human nature and its relationship to the wider natural world is a related and recurrent theme. Continue reading “Michael Leunig – Laughing at God’s Little Joke”
The people from Dutch public broadcaster NTR just released the interactive documentary by Pieter van Huystee on The Garden of Earthly Delights. Available in Dutch and in English.
Ypou may find it HERE.
A look at the writer’s most powerful ideas.
Reading anew these quotes I realised agaion why I loved so much Schaeffer’s early take on culture.
At the same time, I realise now how troubled I am by the sexist language he uses in these quotes. He should have known better, but how many of us did have that sensitivity at the time?
Finally, it is such a pity that in his latest phase, Schaeffer became more of an activist of the Christian Right than a thinker.
Nevertheless, these quotes are worth considering, in spite of it all.