The Study of Literature and Theology

David Jasper

in The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199544486
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 The Study of Literature and Theology

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In recent times, the study of ‘literature and theology’ or ‘literature and religion’ has been granted, if often somewhat grudgingly, its place in the curriculum of the academy. Within churches and Christian communities, there has been a rather bemused acknowledgement of the power and importance of literature, resulting in such phenomena as ‘narrative theology’. The study of literature and theology is alive and well, though it remains unsystematic and patchy. The texts of English literature and the doctrines of theology continue to enjoy creative conversations, though perhaps not much more than that, and the fundamental terms of the two fields of study remain unchanged. That change, specifically in theology, may now be beginning at the same time the churches which have been the guardians of Christian theology continue a seemingly irreversible slide into institutional decay.

Keywords: T. S. Eliot; Christian theology; English literature; Christian culture; institutional decay; narrative theology

Article.  9064 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Religious Studies

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