"There is a need to develop a concept of literature that is capable of accommodating both the Bible and what we have normally understood by literature without forcing either into a costume in which they look constrained or ridiculous: Malvolio in cross-garters or Huck Finn in a suit." From Lecture I
Nicholas Boyle's latest work begins with an observationfrom theologian and medievalist Father Marie-Dominique Chenu, O.P.that the Bible should be seen as a divinely ordained mediation between human culture and divine truth. But how far can we say that the Bible is literature? Chenu is surely right that God is revealed in Scripture not through a system of ideas, but through a vivid historical narrative of people and places. But the Bible is also a sacred book. Expanding on this central dilemma, Boyle demonstrates that biblical scholarship and literary criticism must work together in the largely neglected task of integrating theology and modern secular culture.
Boyle explores two lines of thought. In the first series of essays, he discusses a range of writers, primarily philosophers and theologians, who have treated the Bible as literature as a means of reconciling the sacred and the secular. In the second series, Boyle moves to the theme of literature as Bible, seeking a Catholic way of reading secular literature.
These sophisticated and learned essaysdrawn from the Erasmus Lectures Boyle delivered at the University of Notre Dame in 2003cover a remarkable range of philosophers, theologians, and writers, including Herder, Schleiermacher, Hegel, Lévinas, Goethe, Austen, Melville, and Tolkien. This volume will reward its reader with penetrating, and often brilliant, insights.
Sacred And Secular Scriptures : A Catholic Approach to Literature paperback by Nicholas Boyle was published by Darton Longman & Todd in November 2004 and is our 45004th best seller. The ISBN for Sacred And Secular Scriptures : A Catholic Approach to Literature paperback is 9780232525755.