Kaleidoscope: F.M. Dostoevsky and the Early Dialectical Theology

Kaleidoscope: F.M. Dostoevsky and the Early Dialectical Theology

by Katya Tolstaya
     
 

Introducing a new hermeneutics, this book explores the correlation between the personal faith of F.M. Dostoevsky and the religious quality of his texts. In offering the first comprehensive analysis of his ego documents, it establishes how faith has methodologically to be defined by the inaccessibility of the 'living person'. This thesis, which draws on the work of

Overview

Introducing a new hermeneutics, this book explores the correlation between the personal faith of F.M. Dostoevsky and the religious quality of his texts. In offering the first comprehensive analysis of his ego documents, it establishes how faith has methodologically to be defined by the inaccessibility of the 'living person'. This thesis, which draws on the work of M.M. Bakhtin, is further developed by critically examining the reception of Dostoevsky by the two main representatives of early dialectical theology, Karl Barth and Eduard Thurneysen. In the early 1920s, they claimed Dostoevsky as a chief witness to their radical theology of the fully transcendent God. While previously unpublished archive materials demonstrate the theological problems of their static conceptual interpretation, the 'kaleidoscopic' hermeneutics is founded on the awareness that a text offers only a fixed image, whereas living faith is in permanent motion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004244580
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/15/2013
Series:
Brill's Series in Church History , #61
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Katya Tolstaya, Ph.D. (2006), Faculty of Theology, VU University, Amsterdam, is Director of the Institute For Academic Study of Eastern Christianity (INaSEC) and Assistant Professor of Dogmatics and Ecumenics . She publishes on Western systematic theology, Eastern Orthodoxy, literature, and hermeneutics.

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