Nick Cave is an anomaly.
In interviews Cave professes no religious affiliation, but states Christ is one of his heroes, “reacquaint [ing] myself with Jesus,” as he told CNN. He’s not a clergyman, but provides deep, thoughtful advice to millions of people around the world through his Red Hand Files. In the Files he addresses theological topics such as determinism (predestination in Christian terms) and other similar themes. Many of his answers are quite moving. As an example: In Issue #87, Cave answers the question, “What is your favorite moment from the Bible.” Cave’s reply? The death of Christ. Here’s the excerpt:
“When Jesus was taken down from the cross, his body laid in a tomb and a stone rolled across the entrance, his twelve male disciples essentially fled. Mary Magdalene did not. In Matthew 27:61 it says —
“Mary Magdalene and the other Mary remained standing there in front of the tomb.
“I think this haunted single sentence is probably my favourite moment from the Bible.”
To say the least, Cave—like the author he loves, Flannery O’Connor—is Christ haunted. Jesus shows up everywhere in Nick Cave’s world, in songs, documentaries, books, and in his art.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Brian Nixon