You might appreciate Anatomy if… 3

Apologies for the gap between posts in this series.

I wrote a book last year and called it ‘Anatomy’. It’s a collection of poems and essays that ask about what the Song of Solomon has to say to the 21st century.

In this collection of posts, I want to highlight 5 sets of people who might appreciate my book.

You might appreciate Anatomy if you are

3. Someone who wants to imagine being a Christian.

I am a Christian and a reader of theology. I have read many books that explain what Christians are supposed to think and believe. However, I am also aware that many people have a sense that they would be interested in exploring faith, except that they could never imagine being a Christian. They look not to see beliefs, but lives, and find it hard to believe that faith could fit them.

One of the metaphors that the Bible repeatedly uses for a relationship with Jesus is that of marriage. At the end of the Bible, when heaven comes, the church is pictured like a bride walking to be married to her groom, Jesus. This is not the only metaphor which the Bible uses to describe a relationship with Jesus, but it is a powerful one.

By taking the Bible’s poem about marriage, Song of Solomon, and reflecting its themes and imagery into 21st century, I want to explore marriage as a metaphor for faith. When I started writing the poems, I found myself emotionally where faith was more about being kissed than kissing, more about finding a shared mutating identity that goes beyond myself. It’s exciting and beautiful, but it comes with risk and cost.

In the conversations I have had with Christians since publishing the book, not all have seen the Christian life as they understand it represented. I wanted to get beneath a veneer of social respectability, which is why the poems are just the husband speaking to the wife and vice versa. My personal opinion is that faith is not there to make us respectable, it is there to unite us with Christ in initimate, vulnerable, radical ways. I hope my faith and my poetry find an intimate, vulnerable, radical language.

If you want to find out more about Anatomy, read the introduction here.

If you have a question or comment about Anatomy, you can send feedback using the contact form or contact me by Facebook or Twitter.

 

Author: stackhousejones

Stackhouse Jones exists to form expressions of art and community which are strange and beautiful, touched by Heaven, and shared with love.