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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Lundin’s narrative focuses on key poets and novelists from the past two centuries Dostoevsky, Dickinson, Melville, Auden, and more showing how they portray the modern mind in tension between faith and doubt. Lundin engages these literary luminaries through chapters on a series of vital subjects, from history and interpretation to beauty and memory. Such theologians as Barth and Balthasar also enter the discussion, facing the challenge of modern unbelief with a creative brilliance that has gone largely unnoticed outside the world of faith. Lundin’s Believing Again is a beautifully written, erudite examination of the drama and dynamics of belief in the modern world.
In examining the drama and dynamics of belief in the modern world, Roger Lundin focuses on the works of key poets and novelists of the past 200 years. Here, such authors as Emily Dickinson, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and W. H. Auden show the modern mind and heart learning to poise themselves between belief and unbelief. Theologians also vigorously enter the fray in this conversation. Lundin doesnt just rest on the resounding voices of the past, though they are ably represented here by such figures as Paul, Augustine, and Martin Luther. He shows how stalwart thinkers of the past century Barth, Balthasar, and others have faced the challenge of modern unbelief with a creative brilliance that has gone largely unnoticed outside the world of faith. Believing Again brings these voices into the larger cultural conversation.
In chapters dealing with a series of vital subjects from history and interpretation to beauty and memory, this book ranges across disciplines in its effort to comprehend the many changes that made unbelief possible and to examine the myriad implications of its enduring presence in modern experience.
-- London School of Economics
"Remarkable. . . . A masterly exploration of the belief-unbelief debate in modern times, this book clearly and elegantly brings out what the main contributors -- poets, philosophers, and theologians -- have to say. There is no more appropriate companion to Charles Taylor’s magisterial A Secular Age."
Kevin J. Vanhoozer
-- Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"This book reminds us that the iniquities and inquiries alike of the (nineteenth-century) fathers have been visited on the children of modernity. We are all products, conscious or not, of a powerful cultural sea change that has made belief in God difficult and supernaturalism hard to imagine. Roger Lundin features poets, novelists, and theologians who not only express this difficulty but chart a way through it. This is not a book for specialists, however, but for all wide-awake Christians who have wondered how we came to be where we are and what we can do to renew the sea of faith at a time of its low Western tide."
-- The Times Literary Supplement
"Roger Lundin's Believing Again: Doubt and Faith in a Secular Age scrutinizes the sources of modern disbelief through the lens provided by literary figures from Dostoevsky to Auden, and theologians like Barth and Balthasar. It provides a major complement to Charles Taylor's A Secular Age."