Beginning with the Word: Modern Literature and the Question of Belief

Beginning with the Word: Modern Literature and the Question of Belief

by Roger Lundin
     
 

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In this addition to the critically acclaimed Cultural Exegesis series, a nationally recognized scholar and award-winning author offers a sophisticated theological engagement with the nature of language and literature. Roger Lundin conducts a sustained theological dialogue with imaginative literature and with modern literary and cultural theory, utilizing works of…  See more details below

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In this addition to the critically acclaimed Cultural Exegesis series, a nationally recognized scholar and award-winning author offers a sophisticated theological engagement with the nature of language and literature. Roger Lundin conducts a sustained theological dialogue with imaginative literature and with modern literary and cultural theory, utilizing works of poetry and fiction throughout to prompt the discussion and focus his reflections. The book is marked by a commitment to bring the history of Christian thought, modern theology in particular, into dialogue with literature and modern culture. It is theologically rigorous, widely interdisciplinary in scope, lucidly written, and ecumenical in tone and approach.

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Publishers Weekly
11/11/2013
Wheaton College English professor Lundin (Believing Again) undertakes a bold and daunting project: winnowing out the metaphysical dimension inherent in good writing— specifically, in the works of the masters of modern literature. Invoking the philosopher Paul Ricoeur, he calls this undertaking the “hermeneutics of testimony,” which places the book comfortably in the camp of theology more than literature, though literature students will be intrigued. Lundin explores the works of such great writers as Flannery O’Connor, Emily Dickinson, and Shakespeare, among others, through the lens of language and its “relationship to truth.” He draws heavily upon the idea that God’s own self-revelation through Christ was realized as the logos – the word. Like the Word that was/is Christ, finite words in literature are not simply a matter of sentence construction and wording. They come together mysteriously and invisibly to render revelation. The writers of great literature become beacons of one’s own time as revealers of the mysteries of God in a moment, a scene, a word. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801027260
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/21/2014
Series:
Cultural Exegesis
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
806,068
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Roger Lundin (1949-2015; PhD, University of Connecticut) was professor of English and Arthur F. Holmes Professor of Faith and Learning at Wheaton College. He was an award-winning author of several books, including Believing Again: Doubt and Faith in a Secular Age, Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief, and From Nature to Experience: The American Search for Cultural Authority, and editor of Invisible Conversations: Religion in the Literature of America.

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