This book seeks to exorcize the spectre of the Enlightenment by drawing on H. G. Gadamer's demonstration of 'how little the traditions in which we stand are weakened' by the legacy of the Enlightenment. It then applies these insights to theology where the importance of tradition and the unity between theology and spirituality are rediscovered.
`a Yeatsian reverie'
Times Literary Supplement
'Mr Louth writes like an angel'
`A most learned, well-written and provoking book, with some surprises for all'
'It deserves to be widely studied and discussed ... Louth has given us a programme to occupy our attention for some time.'
John McIntyre, Religious Studies
'The reader finds himself being drawn into a long and fascinating conversation in which poets meet philosophers, philosophers meet theologians, and theologians encounter historians and literary critics. Claudel, Goethe, T. S. Eliot, Gadamer, Polanyi, Marcel, Lossky, de Lubac, Torrance, to mention only some, all make their contribution.'
'it remains an interesting and original attempt to grapple with the nature of theology ... This book needs to be read as an eloquent protest against the dryness of much modern theology and biblical interpretation'
Peter Forster, St John's College, Durham, Anvil, Vol.8, No.1, 1991