From Scorsese's forward to a new edition of the book Silence by Shusako Endo...
How do you tell the story of Christian faith? The difficulty, the crisis, of believing?
How do you describe the struggle?
Shusaku Endo understood the conflict of faith,
the necessity of belief fighting the voice of experience.
The voice that always urges the faithful – the questioning faithful –
to adapt their beliefs to the world they inhabit, their culture...
That’s a paradox, and it can be an extremely painful one:
on the face of it, believing and questioning are antithetical.
Yet I believe that they go hand in hand. One nourishes the other.
Questioning may lead to great loneliness, but if it co-exists with faith
– true faith, abiding faith –
it can end in the most joyful sense of communion.
It’s this painful, paradoxical passage
– from certainty to doubt to loneliness to communion –
that Endo understands so well, and renders so clearly,
carefully and beautifully in Silence.
And yes, a filming project is in the works!