A Window on the World
Yes, I am one of those people who have been watching Killing Eve. For those of you not in the know, it’s a BBC spy thriller about a psychopath.
What’s the attraction? Well, there are a few appealing things: an international location with some beautiful photography, an interesting soundtrack and some glamorous clothes to look at. But my main interest is deeper. I believe that all pieces of art – whether music, sculpture, fine art, dance or even television – represent a window on the world.
Art tells us what people think and a large part of my job is to listen to what people think and consider how the Christian faith can respond to that.
To be honest, I think Killing Eve has very little to do with the real grittiness of catching a psychopath. In fact, it reminds me of the philosophical movement of absurdism. Absurdists try to work out how we can live meaningfully in a meaningless universe. The message from the series, I think, is that whilst we seek meaning, we can never find it, which makes life absurd. We celebrate the ridiculous nature of existence. It all sounds a bit depressing, doesn’t it?
Christians believe that God has not hidden himself from humanity, but formed a beautiful created world for us to enjoy. He also sent Jesus (“God with skin on”) to show us how to live, with forgiveness and healing being hallmarks of a new life. Jesus encourages attachment to him which brings relationship and spiritual fulfilment (“Remain in me and I will remain in you”). The Christian life gives us meaning, hope and a future.
In a world where so many people are seeking meaning, the church’s message of hope rings clear. In this parish, our church buildings are open every day, and our weekend services are places where all are welcome to come, discuss and make new friends. We also have regular Children’s church on a Saturday. Why not come and see for yourself?
May you experience the abundant life that Jesus promises, and the hope of his eternal love.