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Freedom and Limit: A Dialogue Between Literature and Christian Doctrine [Paperback]

By Paul S. Fiddes (Author)
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Pages   269
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.78"
Weight:   0.94 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 1999
Publisher   Mercer University Press
ISBN  0865546495  
EAN  9780865546493  

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Writers of novels, plays, and poems use their imaginations with evident freedom; by contrast, makers of Christian doctrine seem to impose limits, reducing the open-ended meaning of images to exact concepts and summing up the loose ends of stories in one unified Story. But the author of this study sets out to show how images and stories in literature can actually help the theologian to make doctrinal statements, while at the same time careful theological thinking can assist the critical reading of literary texts.

"In this beautifully written and argued work, theologian Fiddes asserts that the reading of literature can aid theologians in doing theologyspecifically, in developing doctrinal statements. Conversely, theologians can provide valuable critical tools for "hearing" the theology embedded in literature. Fiddes observations are a valuable aid for thinking through how to open a dialogue between theology and peoples culturally-conditioned views of their lives, between the authority of Scripture and the events of present history, where God is still authoring Gods story within ours." Wendy Wirth-Brock, Trinity Seminary Review, Fall/Winter 2000-2001

"His readings testify eloquently to the power of literature as a mode of theological reflection. A useful text for anyone, student or faculty, studying the relation between religion and literature."John A. McClure, Rutgers University, in Religious Studies Review, January 2001

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Paul S. Fiddes is Professor of Systematic Theology in the University of Oxford. He was Principal of Regent s Park College, Oxford (1989-2007), a Baptist foundation, and has been Chair of the Doctrine and Unity Commission of the Baptist World Alliance. He is the author of "Tracks and Traces: Baptist Identity in Church and Theology" (2003) and "Seeing the World and Knowing God: Israelite Wisdom and Christian Doctrine in a Late-modern Context" (2013).

Brian Haymes was Principal of Northern Baptist College, Manchester (1985-94), Principal of Bristol Baptist College (1994-2000), and President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. He is active in retirement in writing and preaching. He is the author of "The Concept of the Knowledge of God" (1988) and coauthor of "On Being the Church" (2008).

Richard Kidd was Principal of Northern Baptist College, Manchester (1994-2009) and Co-Principal of Northern Baptist Learning Community (2009-2012). His life at present includes voluntary work with the Baptist Missionary Society in India. He is coauthor of "God and the Art of Seeing" (2003) and editor of "Something to Declare: A Study of the Declaration of Principle of the Baptist Union of Great Britain" (1996).

All three authors are ordained ministers of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and have been friends for more than thirty years."

Paul S. Fiddes has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Oxford Regent's Park College University of Oxford Univer.

Paul S. Fiddes has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Studies in Baptist History and Thought

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