The Onion AV Guide Asks Sufjan Stevens About Faith

from The Onion AV guide:

O: Have you been surprised by how much attention has been paid to the fact that you’re a Christian?

SS: Um… Yeah, I think it’s a little disconcerting. It can be a little frustrating. I think that certain terms that we use to describe a culture or religion are in some ways our way of isolating people, and I think sometimes these terms bring up all sorts of prejudices and misunderstandings and misconceptions. And I feel a little frustrated and guilty about being a part of that banter. And in some ways, I feel like this is something that is really important and sacred. Maybe it really shouldn’t be a part of public discussion, because, you know, it really is about personal relationships.

O: Also, you’re Episcopalian, and growing up Episcopalian is not really the same thing as growing up, say, Southern Baptist.

SS: I wasn’t actually raised Episcopalian. I go to a kind of Anglo-Catholic church now that I’ve been going to for the last three years, but I haven’t really been raised that way. I’m definitely entrenched in the tradition now. I kind of admire it for being so traditional and sort of unchanging and unwavering in a lot of its doctrine, but also very sort of open and broad in its understanding of human nature. I like that it’s kind of open to the discussion about the tensions between those two things.

Thanks to opuszine for the link!

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    It bemuses me that people still make the gross generalization that “christians feel an affinity for George Bush” when the truth is that many Christians disagree strongly over the President and his policies. Moreover, if past presidents hadn’t “taken risks” and “created plans” that led to the deaths of others, our country wouldn’t exist, and neither would this complainant.

  • Anonymous

    It bemuses me that christians feel an affinity for George Bush…who cares about that guy. He’s willing to take risks and create plans that kill people. Thank you Cockburn for, in broad strokes or not, speaking up.

  • Neb

    Thanks for the report. If I’d been paying attention and had the dough I would have been there…dang. Cockburn is about the only modern Christian artist/musician I have any time for. He’s brilliant. The Bush-bashing stuff is irritating, but he’s entitled to his opinion (even if it’s overly simplistic re. politics). I’m not a 100% Bush lover or anything, but things are way more complicated then we can possibly know, and I really get tired of the “Evil America” thing.

  • jasdye

    I tend to look forward to Wednesdays largely (well, besides meeting up with my youth group kids, of course *ahem*) for the Onion interviews.

    And although it wasn’t the best interview that either Sufjan or the Onion posited, it still made me smile.