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PREDICATION TURNING TO PRAISE: MARION AND AUGUSTINE ON GOD AND HERMENEUTICS—(GIVER, GIVING, GIFT, GIVING)

Mike Kraftson-Hogue

in Literature and Theology

Volume 14, issue 4, pages 399-411
Published in print December 2000 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online December 2000 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/14.4.399
PREDICATION TURNING TO PRAISE: MARION AND AUGUSTINE ON GOD AND HERMENEUTICS—(GIVER, GIVING, GIFT, GIVING)

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This article explores similarities between French Catholic philosoher Jean-Luc Marison's eucharistic hermeneutic and Augustine's hermeneutic of charity, with the intent of offering a constructive Christian theological interpretation of interpretation It suggests that thinking God without Being as a Giving-Giver is an important key to Augustine's conversion, his subsequent theory of interpretation, and a fundamental underpinning of any properly Christian hermeneutic The essay finaly argues, following Marion, that as the meaning in words and texts is charitable present as gift, our interpretive responses ought also to be charitable The gift of meaning and revelation is a gift to be known only insofar as it is a gift returned.

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