John La Grou has a very interesting post on the impact of the music of JS Bach as a way to engage in conversation about Christianity in Japan.
…Masashi Masuda relates how Bach’s Goldberg Variations aroused an interest in Christianity. “There was something about that music that prompted me to probe deeper and deeper into its spiritual origins.” Masuda is now a Jesuit priest and a lecturer in Systematic Theology at Tokyo’s Sophia University. Yoshikazu Tokuzen, rector of Japan’s Lutheran seminary and president of his country’s National Christian Council (NCC), echoed Peacocke: “Bach is a vehicle of the Holy Spirit.”
Please read John’s entire post. (Images from istockphoto.com)