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Jun 25, 2023Liked by Sherry Ning

Thank you 😊

I always look forward to your "letters" in my inbox.

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Excellently written as always, Sherry! It's such a delight to read your posts.

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I really enjoy the optimism of your take on creativity and creation stories. I'm a little haunted by Paul Tillich's assertion that philosophy and theology are tools for the escape from God in to atheism. I've an uncomfortable idea of a God who favours those who surrender creativity and intellectual pursuits. I often feel a tension in my chest when I create something that probes the nature of human beings and their mortality - and as an earnest writer, it's hard to avoid this. Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way" stresses God's love of artists, but I struggle to see this as a straightforward, tender love. I seem to encounter Him in a sickly noontime twilight of my own making. How can a God-fearing person really create honestly?

I have sometimes (not even cynically) wondered if Matthew 16:25 is challenging those who live for creative expression to down tools and fall silent: "whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it." The struggle of a noisy mind trying to silence itself is surely greater than the effort to overcome physical addiction!

And somehow the very struggle seems to power creativity.

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This was simply brilliant....

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