HDS 2374

God and Modern Writing

Mark D. Jordan


Whatever else the word "modern" means, it has named a crisis in European and American styles or forms—a crisis of inheritance for traditional forms, a crisis of confidence about form as such. Histories of modern arts or literatures tell familiar stories about how the crisis played itself out by defacing the old or improvising the new. It is not so obvious what story could be told about modern Christian theology. Indeed, it may not be clear how much modern theology there has been in this sense—namely, theology written as deliberate response to a general crisis of form. This course will pose the question, what modernity means for writing about God. It will look within and beyond theology's academic boundaries to a selection of formally deliberate texts in a variety of genres, from scriptural commentary to mass-market fiction. These texts will include works by Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Barth, Dorothy Day, Simone Weil, Leo Strauss, and Michel Foucault, among others. Note: Course has additional hour to be arranged.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 2454

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0.50 credits
Fall 2014
Tues 12pm-2pm
Andover Hall Room 102

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
  • Theology
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None