Theology, Rhetoric, Manuduction Radical Traditions Series
The Radical Traditions series is intended to give a new voice to the current generation of theologians who are returning to scriptural traditions with the hope of retrieving resources long ignored, depreciated or ideologically suppressed by modern habits of thought.The...
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The Radical Traditions series is intended to give a new voice to the current generation of theologians who are returning to scriptural traditions with the hope of retrieving resources long ignored, depreciated or ideologically suppressed by modern habits of thought.The series encompasses Jewish, Christian and Islamic thought.
In Theology, Rhetoric, Manuduction Peter Candler re-reads a number of medieval texts and demonstrates that they were intended as vehicles not for the transmission of data, but for the leading of readers to contemplation of God. Like medieval maps with their intricate illustrations, skewed proportions and omissions of details that to us today seem crucial, medieval works of theology were designed not to depict an objective overview for disinterested study, but were meant to provide an itinerary for individuals traveling a specific route. To read was to be taken by the hand, in a process called manuduction, and to join fellow travelers on a journey to a particular goal. In Theology, Rhetoric, Manuduction, Candler is recovering this understanding of reading and doing theology and illustrates how it can enrich our present understanding of great works of medieval scholarship. He begins with the invention of printing in the 16th Century and the change of the bible from liturgy in worship and community to a physical object, a book and with it the birth of our modern understanding of scripture. He then turns to Augustine's understanding of rhetoric, examined in a critique of the Confessions. Then 2 texts, Glossa Ordinaria (a 12th C glossed bible) and Aquinas' Summa Theologiae are read in terms of the concepts of memory and itinerary. The former Candler believes is an "iconic illustration of the mutual indwelling of Christ and the Church", rendering the notion of separating Scripture from tradition absurd and the latter he views as a "curriculum of persuasion" which leads readers by manuduction along a path towards union with Cod.
Stanley Hauerwas (Ph.D.,Yale University) is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University. He is the author of many books, including Performing the Faith, The Peaceable Kingdom; With the Grain of the Universe; A Better Hope; Christian Existence Today.
His book, A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic, was selected as one of the 100 most important books on religion of the 20th century. Dr. Hauerwas recently authored Matthew (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible), and The State of the University: Academic Knowledges and the Knowledge of God, (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007).
Peter Ochs (Ph.D., Yale University) is the Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books, most recently Crisis, Call, and Leadership in the Abrahamic Traditions; The Return to Scripture in Judaism and Christianity and Another Reformation: Postliberal Christianity and the Jews. He also serves on the editorial council of Theology Today.
Peter M. Candler Jr. is assistant professor of theology in The Honors College at Baylor University, Waco, Texas. Interested in the modern reception, interpretation, and critique of ancient and medieval Christian thought, he has published work on Thomas Aquinas and Friedrich Nietzsche; this is his first book.