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Published: Tue, 26 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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A Theology of Human Encounter: Montemaggi’s Professional–Personal Testament

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Abstract
Path-breaking work in Dante studies exemplifies some revolutionary methodological approaches to literary criticism that can answer to the crisis of the humanities and the disarray of the university as they are experienced in our present historical predicament. Recuperating a sense of theology as a matter of interpersonal encounter can be applied to the study of literature in such a way as open to an authentic dimension of existence that redeems much of the alienation brought about by inevitable specialization and professionalization. The life-transforming and truth-revealing vocation of the humanities proves to be still vibrantly alive if we can adjust and adopt these perspectives.



Burning the Torah: Writing as Betrayal in Four Fictional Gospels

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Abstract
In ancient Jewish, Greek, and even Christian tradition, mistrust of writing was not uncommon. This mistrust may not be evident in the four canonical gospels, in which Jesus himself is depicted as reading and writing. But it re-emerges in four of our fictional gospels—Nikos Kazantzakis’ The Last Temptation of Christ, Gore Vidal’s Live From Golgotha, Norman Mailer’s The Gospel According to the Son, and Philip Pullman’s The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. In all four novels, the Evangelists are condemned for having betrayed Jesus with their half-truths, lies, and ulterior motives. The irony, of course, is that our four novelists are guilty of same offence.