Prayer as Memory: Toward the Comparative Study of Prayer as Apocalyptic Language and Thought

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What would a comparative study of prayer look like? If the human impulse is to survive by thinking and acting religiously, Reinhart says religion is born on the day prayer first finds breath. He discusses prayer as a discourse since that first day that is speech out of brokenness or suffering is expressed in the hope of something more. Through his engagement with theorists of language and memory (Habermas, Derrida, Metz, Ricoeur, and others), Reinhart develops a framework that sustains an innovative approach to ...

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Prayer as Memory: Toward the Comparative Study of Prayer as Apocalyptic Language and Thought

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Overview

What would a comparative study of prayer look like? If the human impulse is to survive by thinking and acting religiously, Reinhart says religion is born on the day prayer first finds breath. He discusses prayer as a discourse since that first day that is speech out of brokenness or suffering is expressed in the hope of something more. Through his engagement with theorists of language and memory (Habermas, Derrida, Metz, Ricoeur, and others), Reinhart develops a framework that sustains an innovative approach to apocalyptical thought that also lays the foundation for a new field: the comparative study of prayer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610971911
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2012
  • Series: Princeton Theological Monograph Series
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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David Reinhart is Lecturer in Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. He has lived in Chicago almost all of his life, previously teaching at DePaul University and Richard J. Daley City College.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Corning to Prayer 11

2 Perspectives of Prayer 33

3 Prayer and Karl Barth's Apocalyptic Discourse 53

4 Public Reason and Religious Discourse 85

5 Reconsidering Knowledge as Memory in Prayer 121

6 Prayer as Courage 146

7 Prayer in Discourse 179

Bibliography 191

Index 197

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