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.
About the Author
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.
Table of ContentsContents
1. Beginning with the Word
2. The Sign in Our Time: Sound and Fury, Suffering and Significance
3. Picturing the Truth
4. From Signs to Stories: Language in the Grasp of God
5. Modern Times: Literature and the Patience of God
6. "I Will Restore It All": Christ, Fiction, and the Fullness of Time
7. Defending a Great Hope: The Word and the Thing Become One
8. Dwelling in Possibility: Visions of Justice, Dreams of Deliverance
9. A Good Man Is Hard to Find: Christ and the Poets