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Figuring the Sacred: Religion, Narrative, and Imagination

Figuring the Sacred

Religion, Narrative, and Imagination

Paul Ricoeur (Author), Mark I. Wallace (Editor), Donald Pellauer (Translator)

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The thought of Paul Ricoeur continues its profound effect on theology, religious studies, and biblical interpretation. Introduced by Mark Wallace, the twenty-one papers collected in this volume—some familiar, many translated here for the first time—constitute the most comprehensive anthology of Ricoeur's writings in religion since 1970. The writings are thematically divided into five parts:
  • the study of religion
  • philosophers of religion
  • the Bible and genre
  • theological overtures
  • practical theology
Ricoeur's hermeneutical orientation and his deep sensitivity to the mystery and power of religious language offer fresh insight into the transformative potential of sacred literature, including the Bible.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9780800628949
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 352
  • Publication Date July 20, 1995

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction

-Part One-
THE STUDY OF RELIGION: PROBLEMS AND ISSUES
1. Philosophy and Religious Language
2. Manifestation and Proclamation
3. The "Sacred" Text and the Community

-Part Two-
PHILOSOPHERS OF RELIGION: MEDIATION AND CONFLICT

4. A Philosophical Hermeneutics of Religion: Kant
5. The "Figure: in Rosenzweig's The Star of Redemption
6. Emmanuel Levinas: Thinker of Testimony

-Part Three-
THE BIBLE AND GENRE: THE POLYPHONY OF BIBLICAL DISCOURSES

7. On the Exegesis of Genesis
8. The Bible and the Imagination
9. Biblical Time
10. Interpretive Narrative

-Part Four-
THEOLOGICAL OVERTURES: GOD, SELF, NARRATIVE, AND EVIL

11. Hope and the Structure of Philosophical Systems
12. Naming God
13. Toward a narrative Theology: Its Necessity, Its Resources, Its Difficulties
14. Evil, a Challenge to Philosophy and Theology
15. The Summoned Subject in the School of the Narratives of the Prophetic Vocation

-Part Five-
PRACTICAL THEOLOGY: ETHICS AND HOMILETICS

16. The Logic of Jesus, the Logic of God
17. "Whoever Loses Their Life for My Sake Will Find It"
18. The Memory of Suffering
19. Ethical and Theological Considerations on the Golden Rule
20. Pastoral Praxeology, Hermeneutics, and Identity
21. Love and Justice

Bibliographical Note
Index of Biblical Passages
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
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