‘God dies in the world’: an interview with an artist

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The front cover of my most recent publication, Descending on Humanity and Intervening in History: Notes from the Pulpit Ministry of P. T. Forsyth, includes a section of a painting (above) by my daughter Sinead. The decision to use her painting – a decision which, to be sure, required some grovelling for permission – was not, I hope, motivated by cutesiness but rather by a profound sense of the work’s fittingness to the book’s themes. The painting, which is used upside down, is called ‘Crosses’.

Forsyth.DescendingonHumanity.90702Now that Sinead and I have both finally seen the book in real life, I wanted to ask her again about the painting, about what it ‘means’ (her word), and about how it relates to the material in daddy’s book. So while on the way to school this morning, I conducted a brief ‘interview’ with Sinead. As part of that conversation, Sinead offered the following statement:

God dies in the world, and the God who dies in the world is the same God who dies in heaven. And yet somehow these two deaths, which are really the same, are related. In the end, it’s all really a mystery – but in the mystery the church is created and the world is saved. And that’s what my painting is about.

I buzzed.

[Copies of the book are available here or via here or by contacting me directly. If you are interested in reviewing the volume, then please contact James Stock at Wipf and Stock. And if you are interested in a copy signed by Sinead, then it’ll probably cost ya some serious dosh, or a packet of mints!]

6 thoughts on “‘God dies in the world’: an interview with an artist

  1. Wow! What a thinking, artistic and articular person Shinead is.
    “Out of the mouths…………..”
    Gob smacked as you must have felt with an eye opener to boot.
    Lyn xx

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  2. Absolutely, but there were too many eyebrows raised concerning her semi-latent Hegelianism. Uncle Georg is not too popular in these parts. There were also questions about her enslavement to mints, and about the kind of role model she might be for those fine Otago students. She might be too Lutheran as well for these presbycostal parts.

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