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Theology, Hermeneutics, and Imagination : The Crisis of Interpretation at the End of Modernity - Garrett Green

Theology, Hermeneutics, and Imagination

The Crisis of Interpretation at the End of Modernity

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This book explores the contemporary crisis of biblical interpretation by examining modern and postmodern forms of the 'hermeneutics of suspicion'. Garrett Green looks at several thinkers who played key roles in creating a radically suspicious reading of the Bible. After Kant, Hamann, and Feuerbach comes Nietzsche, who marked the turn from modern to postmodern suspicion. Green argues that similarities between Derrida's deconstruction and Barth's theology of signs show that postmodern suspicion ought not to be viewed simply as a threat to theology but as a secular counterpart to its own hermeneutical insights. When theology attends to its proper task of describing the grammar of scriptural imagination, it discovers a source of suspicion more radical than the secular, the hermeneutical expression of God's gracious judgement. Green concludes that Christians are committed to the hermeneutical imperative, the never-ending struggle for the meaning of scripture in the hopeful insecurity of the faithful imagination.

'A useful advance along the path of hermeneutical exploration.' Expository Times 'At the heart of Garrett Green's study, Theology, Hermeneutics, and Imagination: The Crisis of Interpretation at the End of Modernity, is a discussion of some intriguing possibilities contained within what he calls 'significant and positive parallels between Christian theology and postmodern philosophy' ... Two things in particular distinguish Green's book: first, its fresh account of Ludwig Feuerbach as the 'forgotten father of the hermeneutics of suspicion,' that is, as the mediator between Kant and the great masters of doubt who follow him, Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud; ... second, its unusual restraint in dealing with 'suspicion' that allows for a more appreciative account than usual of the theological possibilities contained within it. In fact, these two issues are linked.' Perspectives in Religious Studies

Preface
Theological hermeneutics in the twilight of modernity
The Modern Roots of Suspicion
The scandal of positivity: the Kantian paradigm in modern theology
Against purism: Hamann's metacritique of Kant
Feuerbach: forgotten father of the hermeneutics of suspicion
Nietzschean suspicion and the Christian imagination
Christian Imagination in a Postmodern World
The hermeneutics of difference: suspicion in postmodern guise
The hermeneutic imperative: interpretation and the theological task
The faithful imagination: suspicion and trust in a postmodern world
Appendix: Hamann's letter to Kraus
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521650489
ISBN-10: 0521650488
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 19th May 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.46