Through a Glass Darkly: Essays in the Religious Imagination (Google eBook)

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John Charles Hawley
Fordham Univ Press, Jan 1, 1996 - Literary Collections - 299 pages
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These essays, interdisciplinary in their approach, demonstrate the variegation of the religious imagination from the broadest historical and denominational scope. By examining the works of philosophers and theologians, of poets, painters, and novelists - from Saint Mark to Jacques Derrida and from Erasmus, Loyola, and Milton to Rouault and to Andrew Greeley - the essayists seek to answer the question Jesus posed to His disciples: "Who do you say that I am?" and to anticipate the equally contentious query: "How do you say who I am?"
The essays together explore the religious imagination through the question of transcendence, using both the age-old Christian imagination and the contemporary world wherein the divisions between religious cultures are less fixed, an age of imaginative permeability where the absence of God is as present as the presence of God.
  

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Contents

The Gospel of Mark as Myth
3
An Early Renaissance Guide for the Perplexed Bernardino of Sienas De inspirationibus
24
Between Earth and Heaven Ignatian Imagination and the Aesthetics of Liberation
50
Erasmus Education and Folly
70
Blind Prophecy Miltons Figurative Mode in Paradise Lost and in Some Minor Poems
87
A Lesson in Reading George Eliot and the Typological Imagination
104
Rouault and the Catholic Revival in France
119
A Life of Allegory Type and Pattern in Historical Narratives
134
A View from the Far Side
153
The Tyranny of the Secular Imagination
177
Religious Polyphony in the Novels of Nuruddin Farah
194
The Social and Political Vision of Sri Aurobindo
206
Feminist Providence Esther Vashti and the Duty of Disobedience in NineteenthCentury Hermeneutics
228
The Buddhist Imagination in Chinese Fiction
250
Behind the Curtain Derrida and the Religious Imagination
276
Contributors
297

INTO THE TWENTYFIRST CENTURY
151

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About the author (1996)

John C. Hawley is Professor of English at Santa Clara University.

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