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Sacred Language, Sacred World


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Abbreviations Introduction 1. How to Read this Book 2. Narrative and World 3. A Tale of Interpretations Part I: Heidegger 1. Being and Time The Very Possibility of Reading Scripture Wrongly What Sort of Book is Being and Time The Argument in Being and Time 2. Tools in the World A Phenomenology of Tools, 15 Broken Tools: A Gloss of 16 The Inhabited Taxonomy, 18 Language as an Everyday Tool 3. Scripture in the World The One Thing Named by 'Scripture', 'Tradition', and 'Reason' The Unity of Background Commitments Language and Taxonomy Finite Reason Part II: Gadamer 4. Truth and Method Approaching Gadamer The Scope and Argument of Truth and Method The Opening Discussion 5. Reading Rightly The 'Hermeneutical Circle' and the Ethics of Thought The First Ethical Principle: Start Rightly The Second Ethical Principle: Wait Long 6. Reading in the World 'The Principle of Wirkungsgeschichte' Gadamer's Use of Hegel Alterity in the Metaphor of Horizons Gadamer's Logic of Unity 7. Conclusions The Pitt Rivers Museum Theology and the Gordian Knot of Self-Consciousness What Can Theologians Say? The Unity of Scripture, Tradition, and Reason Scripture in the World Bibliography Index

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Offers an argument based upon close readings of two central works of twentieth-century hermeneutics: Martin Heidegger's Being in Time and Hans-Georg Gadamer's Truth and Method to convey a fresh picture of how interpretation shapes Christian life.

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Joshua D. Broggi is a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College and a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, UK.


Sacred Language, Sacred World addresses the question, "when interpreting scripture, what does it mean to have commitments?" In the course of offering various answers, it also aims to overcome false separations between things that belong together. Thematically, it argues that scripture, tradition and reason are identical, in the sense that all of these things, when treated in theology, are different ways of investigating the same insight. Disciplinarily, it shows that World Christianity, Philosophical Theology and Biblical Interpretation belong together: Kimbanguist interpretation of the Bible in the Belgian Congo is skillfully woven together with detailed (and novel) interpretations of Heidegger and Gadamer. In an era of sometimes damaging over-specialisation in academic inquiry, Broggi boldly crosses borders and queries familiar nostrums. This important book, displaying great independence of mind, places philosophical classics in the service of theological interpretation of scripture. * Nicholas Adams, University of Birmingham, UK *
Broggi's creative engagement with Heidegger and Gadamer generates a thought-provoking and potentially fruitful way of understanding how reason presents itself in (and so may absent itself from) religious traditions. * Stephen Mulhall, Oxford University, UK *
Broggi is excellent in his use of Heidegger and Gadamer. Bridging the gap between textual and philosophical hermeneutics is no easy task, yet Broggi's careful analysis presents a compelling argument for a reimagined look at the unity of scripture, tradition, and reason. Broggi is a careful and precise writer, making this work easily accessible to those unfamiliar with Heidegger or Gadamer. Broggi's text is a masterful achievement for theology, hermeneutics, and philosophy. -- Jonathan L. Best * Reading Religion *

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