Reading the Church Fathers
This title is a unique collection of essays surrounding modern hermeneutic approaches to early Christian theological texts. Reading the corpus of texts written by the Fathers of the Church has always been a core area in Christian theology. However, scholars...
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This title is a unique collection of essays surrounding modern hermeneutic approaches to early Christian theological texts. Reading the corpus of texts written by the Fathers of the Church has always been a core area in Christian theology. However, scholars and academics are by no means united in the question how these important but difficult authors should be read and interpreted. Many of them are divided by implicit (but often unquestioned) assumptions about the best way to approach the texts or by underlying hermeneutical questions about the norms, limits and opportunities of reading Ancient Christian writers. This book will raise profound hermeneutical questions surrounding the reading of the Fathers with greater clarity than it has been done before. The contributors to this volume are theologians and historians who have used contemporary post-modern approaches to illuminate the Ancien corpus of texts. The chapters discuss issues such as: What makes a 'good' reading of a church Father?; What constitutes a 'responsible' reading?; Is the reading of the Fathers limited to a specialist audience?; and, What can modern thinkers contribute to our reading of the Fathers?
Dr Morwenna Ludlow (D. Phil. in Theology, Oxford) is lecturer in Theology at the University of Exeter. Morwenna teaches and researches in the field of Patristics , the history and theology of the early Christian church (100-500 AD ). She specialises in the study of the fourth-century Cappadocian theologian, Gregory of Nyssa, and has authored a number of books on the subject Universal Salvation: Eschatology in the Thought of Gregory of Nyssa and Karl Rahner and Gregory of Nyssa, Ancient and (post)modern. She is also preparing the forthcoming volume The Early Church (I.B.Taurus History of the Church Series).
- Foreword; I. Reading Postmodern Readings Of The Fathers:; Johannes Zachhuber: Jean-luc Marion's Reading Of The Pseudo-dionysius; David Newheiser: Time And The Responsibilities Of Reading: Revisiting Derrida And Dionysius; Virginia Burrus: Seeing God In Bodies: Augustine's Postmodern Insight; Ii. Reading Postmodern Thinkers In Parallel With Reading The Fathers:; Tamsin Jones: Emmanuel Levinas And Gregory Of Nyssa On Reading, Desire And Subjectivity; Scot Douglass: The Combinatory Detour: The Prefix Sun- In Gregory Of Nyssa's Production Of Theological Knowledge.; Iii Reading The Fathers Reading Themselves:; Matthieu Cassin: Text And Context: On The Importance Of A Scholarly Reading (une Lecture Savante).; Morwenna Ludlow: Anatomy: Investigating The Body Of Texts In Origen And Gregory Of Nyssa. Afterword.