A Theology Of Reading

A Theology Of Reading

by Alan Jacobs
     
 


If the whole of the Christian life is to be governed by the “law of love”—the twofold love of God and one’s neighbor—what might it mean to read lovingly? That is the question that drives this unique book. Jacobs pursues this challenging task by alternating largely theoretical, theological chapters—drawing above all onSee more details below

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If the whole of the Christian life is to be governed by the “law of love”—the twofold love of God and one’s neighbor—what might it mean to read lovingly? That is the question that drives this unique book. Jacobs pursues this challenging task by alternating largely theoretical, theological chapters—drawing above all on Augustine and Mikhail Bakhtin—with interludes that investigate particular readers (some real, some fictional) in the act of reading. Among the authors considered are Shakespeare, Cervantes, Nabakov, Nicholson Baker, George Eliot, W.H. Auden, and Dickens. The theoretical framework is elaborated in the main chapters, while various counterfeits of or substitutes for genuinely charitable interpretation are considered in the interludes, which progressively close in on that rare creature, the loving reader. Through this doubled method of investigation, Jacobs tries to show how difficult it is to read charitably—even should one wish to, which, of course, few of us do. And precisely because the prospect of reading in such a manner is so offputting, one of the covert goals of the book is to make it seem both more plausible and more attractive.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813365664
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
824,327
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prelude1
1Contexts and Obstacles9
Interlude A: The Illuminati37
2Love and Knowledge43
Interlude B: Transfer of Charisma69
3Love and the Suspicious Spirit77
Interlude C: Quixotic Reading91
4Kenosis101
Interlude D: Two Charitable Readers113
5Justice125
Postlude145
Notes153
Works Cited173
Index183

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