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

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

byGarrett Green

Paperback | November 5, 2007

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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.
Title:Theology, Hermeneutics, and Imagination: The Crisis of Interpretation at the End of ModernityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:244 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.55 inPublished:November 5, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521045312

ISBN - 13:9780521045315

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Theological hermeneutics in the twilight of modernity; Part I. The Modern Roots of Suspicion; 2. The scandal of positivity: the Kantian paradigm in modern theology; 3. Against purism: Hamann's metacritique of Kant; 4. Feuerbach: forgotten father of the hermeneutics of suspicion; 5. Nietzschean suspicion and the Christian imagination; Part II. Christian Imagination in a Postmodern World: 6. The hermeneutics of difference: suspicion in postmodern guise; 7. The hermeneutic imperative: interpretation and the theological task; 8. The faithful imagination: suspicion and trust in a postmodern world; Appendix: Hamann's letter to Kraus; Bibliography; Index.

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"Green's new book...frequently incisive and makes a real contribution to the theologian's armoury in the face of much post-enlightenment thought." Modern Theology