Tuesday 9 May 2006

God and Michael Leunig

This week on the TV show Enough Rope, Andrew Denton interviewed the great Aussie cartoonist, Michael Leunig. When Leuing was asked whether he thought that God was listening, he replied:

“I don’t think of God as a he, or a listener—or a she. I just think it’s a poem.... It’s a sense of God. I just love the word. I love using it. It sings, you know? It’s sweet. It’s a sweet word. I’m at ease with it. My ancestors used it. Some wonderful musicians and composers and poets used it. They must have been talking about something. I feel entitled to this word. I inherited it, you know.”


Shane Clifton said...

I also watched the interview on enough rope. fascinating comment. I guess he grasps the mystery of God. Not a he or a she (yes), or a listener (sad - although perhaps we should try to be the listeners). The challenge is to move from "God" as a poetic word inherited, to a person we know (or rather, who knows us).

Listening to the interview, i left feeling challenged. Leunig stands as a prophet in Australian society - a discerner of the times and a person willing to challenge the status quo. Lord help me to model the same courage.

Anonymous said...

it was a very interesting interview wasnt it? im still unsure about home schooling (ive worked with 3 kids who had been home schooled and it never worked out as planned) but there's something abotu the guy that just made me like him.

tchittom said...

He sounds like Schleiermacher having been pulled tightly around the "hermeneutical turn."

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