On Religion and Memory by Babette HellemansOn Religion and Memory by Babette Hellemans

On Religion and Memory

EditorBabette Hellemans, Willemien Otten, Burcht Pranger

Paperback | April 8, 2013

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This volume takes up the challenge implied in Augustine's paradox of time: How does one account for the continuity of history and the certitude of memory, if time, in the guise of an indivisible "now," cuts off any extension of the present? The thinkers and artists the essays address include Augustine, Abelard, Eriugena and Thoreau, Calvin, Shakespeare, De Rance, Stravinsky and Messiaen, Rubens and Woolf.
Babette Hellemans is Assistant Professor of Medieval History at the University of Groningen. Willemien Otten is Professor of Theology and the History of Christianity at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Burcht Pranger is professor emeritus in the History of Christianity at the University of Amsterdam.
Title:On Religion and MemoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pagesPublished:April 8, 2013Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0823251632

ISBN - 13:9780823251636

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Editorial Reviews

This creatively eclectic volume launches a bold experiment in exploring what it might mean to take Augustine's aporetic and non-linear understanding of time and eternity seriously. The questions posed are simultaneously historiographical and literary, on the one hand, and philosophical and theological, on the other. In exploring the relation between religion and pastness, the authors shuttle backward and forward in time, traverse theological and religious differences, and consider works of music and painting alongside those of literature and philosophy. At their best, the essays are fresh, insightful, moving--and challenging.