Sufjan Stevens on Religion

Sufjan Stevens is one of my favorite artists – and now I’m happy to find that he is also always ready to give a reason for the hope that is within him – with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15)
His answers to the rather sharp and pointed questions are accurate and relevant to the world in which we find ourselves.

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Jeremy Allen from The Quietus interviews Sufjan Stevens about his new album The Age of Adz and his religious beliefs:

Being an artist of some repute do you find the calling to spread the Good News sits awkwardly with your profile? Is it difficult?

SS: Not necessarily, you know, I think the Good News is about grace and hope and love and a relinquishing of self to God. And I think the Good News of salvation is kind of relevant to everyone and everything.

I find as I get older due to a sequence of events spirituality becomes more intriguing, though having been indoctrinated with the hard line dogma that I’d go to hell if I didn’t follow certain practices and believe very specific things, I was quite angry about Christianity for a while.

SS: Oh dear.

I suppose you could call it Protestant guilt.

SS: The church is an…

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