1st Edition

A Theology Of Reading The Hermeneutics Of Love

By Alan Jacobs Copyright 2001
    199 Pages
    by Routledge

    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?

    Prelude -- 1 Contexts and Obstacles -- Interlude A: The Illuminati -- 2 Love and Knowledge -- Interlude B: Transfer of Charisma -- 3 Love and the Suspicious Spirit -- Interlude C: Quixotic Reading -- 4 Kenosis -- Interlude D: Two Charitable Readers -- 5 Justice -- Postlude


    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.