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Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering

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Internationally renowned artist Makoto Fujimura reflects on Shusaku Endo's novel Silence and grapples with the nature of art, pain and culture. Showing that light is yet present in darkness, he uncovers deep layers of meaning in Japanese history and finds...


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Internationally renowned artist Makoto Fujimura reflects on Shusaku Endo's novel Silence and grapples with the nature of art, pain and culture. Showing that light is yet present in darkness, he uncovers deep layers of meaning in Japanese history and finds connections to how faith is lived in contexts of trauma.

Shusaku Endo's novel Silence, first published in 1966, endures as one of the greatest works of twentieth-century Japanese literature. Its narrative of the persecution of Christians in seventeenth-century Japan raises uncomfortable questions about God and the ambiguity of faith in the midst of suffering and hostility. Endo's Silence took internationally renowned visual artist Makoto Fujimura on a pilgrimage of grappling with the nature of art, the significance of pain and his own cultural heritage. His artistic faith journey overlaps with Endo's as he uncovers deep layers of meaning in Japanese history and literature, expressed in art both past and present. He finds connections to how faith is lived in contemporary contexts of trauma and glimpses of how the gospel is conveyed in Christ-hidden cultures. In this world of pain and suffering, God often seems silent. Fujimura's reflections show that light is yet present in darkness, and that silence speaks with hidden beauty and truth.

: 2017 Logos Bookstore Association Award for Christianity/Culture 2017 Dallas Willard Center Book Award Finalist Foreword INDIES 2016 Book of the Year Awards Finalist World Magazine's Best Books of 2016 Short List 2016 Aldersgate Prize by the John Wesley Honors College at Indiana Wesleyan University Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Top Shelf Book Cover Award 14th Annual Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year, Counseling and Relationships Shusaku Endo's novel Silence, first published in 1966, endures as one of the greatest works of twentieth-century Japanese literature. Its narrative of the persecution of Christians in seventeenth-century Japan raises uncomfortable questions about God and the ambiguity of faith in the midst of suffering and hostility. Endo's Silence took internationally renowned visual artist Makoto Fujimura on a pilgrimage of grappling with the nature of art, the significance of pain and his own cultural heritage. His artistic faith journey overlaps with Endo's as he uncovers deep layers of meaning in Japanese history and literature, expressed in art both past and present. He finds connections to how faith is lived in contemporary contexts of trauma and glimpses of how the gospel is conveyed in Christ-hidden cultures. In this world of pain and suffering, God often seems silent. Fujimura's reflections show that light is yet present in darkness, and that silence speaks with hidden beauty and truth.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 451274
  • Product Code 9780830844753
  • ISBN 0830844759
  • EAN 9780830844753
  • Pages 263
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date May 2016
  • Sales Rank 64139
  • Dimensions 139 x 25mm
  • Weight 0.363kg

Makoto Fujimura

Recognized worldwide as a cultural shaper, Fujimura's work has been exhibited at galleries including Dillon Gallery in New York, Sato Museum in Tokyo, The Contemporary Museum of Tokyo, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Museum, Bentley Gallery in Arizona, Taikoo Place in Hong Kong and Vienna's Belvedere Museum. In 2011 the Fujimura Institute was established and launched the Qu4rtets, a collaboration between Fujimura, painter Bruce Herman, Duke theologian/pianist Jeremy Begbie and Yale composer Christopher Theofanidis, based on T. S. Eliot'sFour Quartets. A popular speaker, Fujimura has lec

  • :foreword By Philip Yancey
  • Introduction: A Pilgrimage
  • 1. A Journey Into <em>silence</em>: Pulverization
  • 2. A Culture Of Beauty: Cultural Context For <em>silence</em>
  • 3. Ambiguity And Faith: Japan, The Ambiguous And Myself
  • 4. Ground Zero
  • 5. <em>fumi-e</em> Culture
  • 6. Hidden Faith Revealed
  • 7. The Redemption Of Father Rodrigues
  • 8. The Aroma: Toward An Antidote To Trauma
  • 9. Mission Beyond The Waves
  • Acknowledgments
  • Appendix 1: Endo And Kawabata
  • Appendix 2: Kenzaburo Oe?s "human Lamb"
  • Appendix 3: A Summary Of Silence By Shusaku Endo
  • Notes
  • Glossary Of Japanese Terms
  • About The Author
  • Image Credits
  • Name And Subject Index
  • Scripture Index

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