The Hardened Heart and Tragic Finitude

The Hardened Heart and Tragic Finitude

by Dan O. Via
     
 

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This book has two main theses. First, for the biblical/Christian doctrine of sin the root of the human problem is hardness of heart—the corruption of the core self, of the seat of understanding and will. On the other hand, for an important strand of Greek tragedy the root of human harm-doing is the nonculpable blindness and anxiety of finitude that despite the

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This book has two main theses. First, for the biblical/Christian doctrine of sin the root of the human problem is hardness of heart—the corruption of the core self, of the seat of understanding and will. On the other hand, for an important strand of Greek tragedy the root of human harm-doing is the nonculpable blindness and anxiety of finitude that despite the initial nonculpability lead to evil and suffering. The Hardened Heart shows that these two different interpretations of human existence are amenable to a degree of synthesis that leads to this conclusion: hardness of heart and our ordinary finitude together collude to cause sin in its fullness.The second thesis of this volume is that exegetical studies disclose a deconstructive strand in certain biblical texts that represents the finite world that God created as a source of distress and harm-doing in something like the tragic sense. This subdominant deconstructive position challenges the dominant biblical vision, in which the creation came forth from God's creative word as good without qualification.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781610974028
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
11/28/2012
Pages:
247
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Dan O. Via has taught on the faculties of Wake Forest University, the University of Virginia, and Duke University Divinity School, in which he is now Emeritus Professor of New Testament. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Zimbabwe and Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of forty articles and ten books, including the groundbreaking The Parables, and has edited another sixteen volumes.

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