I enjoyed Justin Taylor’s interview with Makoto Fujimura on art and the illumination of The Four Holy Gospels.
JT gave this breakdown of the interview:
00:00-2:00 What is an illuminated Bible?
2:00-2:45 Why was this Fujimura’s most “exhausting and “exhilarating” project?
2:45-4:55 Why does he think this will be the project he will be remembered for?
4:55-5:55 Brief overview of Fujimura’s life before he became an artist
5:55-8:20 Growing up in a non-religious but highly creative home
8:20-11:50 Being an agnostic moralist at Bucknell, and the impact of the KJV and poetry and literature as a preparation for faith
11:50-13:15 Meeting his wife and moving to Japan
13:15-19:30 How the Lord used missionary friends, a pastor, and William Blake’s poem Jerusalem to bring him to faith in Tokyo
19:30-21:30 How unbelieving artists can be haunted by beauty and alienated from the beauty they create when they don’t have room for transcendence
21:30-24:00 His double exile—his conversion and evangelism changed artists’ perception of him, and people in the church didn’t understand the importance of art, and the founding of the International Arts Movement
24:00-27:15 What Fujimura would say to pastors who like art and want to encourage and influence arts but who “don’t really get art.”
27:15-30:55 What Fujimura would say to artists who feel like their creativity is in tension with creedal theology.
30:55-36:00 What Fujimura would say to people who want to be affected by art and to grow in their appreciation for art but don’t know what to do, and how The Four Holy Gospels might help
Earlier Crossway had produced this video, which takes you inside the studio:
The Four Holy Gospels makes me feel even more honored that Crossway published my book.
May the Lord bless Crossway for their evident commitment to excellence and to the elevation of people’s minds and hearts as image bearers of the one true and living God. For more on “rehumanizing” culture, do check out Fujimura’s work at the International Arts Movement.
I purchased this for my grandmother, who is an artist. This is an absolutely excellent work in every way. Highly recommended.
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