Theology of Reading by Alan Jacobs
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Theology of Reading
By Alan Jacobs

A Theology of Reading

The Hermeneutics of Love

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Theology of Reading by Alan Jacobs

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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813365664
ISBN-10: 081336566X
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Pages: 196
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 7-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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A superb selection of writings by the 19th-century American whose life and thought are more relevant now than ever, not least in the emphasis on finding value in nature and a simple life based on observation and self-sufficiency

Gandhi by Alan Jacobs Gandhi, Paperback (June 2012)

Focusing on the great thinker and activist who espoused peaceful civil disobedience and paved the way not only for the independence of India from British rule but also for civil rights and freedom movements across the world, this inspiring collection of Gandhi's writings covers topics such as non-violence, truth, prejudice, and religion

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Author Biography - Alan Jacobs

Alan Jacobs is professor of English at Wheaton College in Illinois. He is the author of What Became of Wystan: Change and Continuity in Auden's Poetry, A Visit to Vanity Fair and Other Moral Essays, and many essays of literary and cultural criticism. He is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and Theological Horizons. With his wife and son, he lives in Wheaton, Illinois.

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