Introducing a new hermeneutics, this book explores the correlation between the personal faith of F.M. Dostoevsky (1821-1881) and the religious quality of his texts. In offering the first comprehensive analysis of his ego documents, it demonstrates how faith has methodologically to be defined by the inaccessibility of the 'living person'. This thesis, which draws on the work of M.M. Bakhtin, is further developed by critically examining the reception of Dostoevsky by the two main representatives of early dialectical theology, Karl Barth and Eduard Thurneysen. In the early 1920s, they claimed Dostoevsky as a chief witness to their radical theology of the fully transcendent God. While previously unpublished archive materials demonstrate the theological problems of their static conceptual interpretation, the 'kaleidoscopic' hermeneutics is founded on the awareness that a text offers only a fixed image, whereas living faith is in permanent motion.
Reformed communion ware. Randall D. Engle (“Voetius Outscored”) captures the energy of the fiery polemics about the propriety of using the pipe organ in worship that consumed much paper and energy in the seventeenth-century Dutch Reformed Church. He chronicles the debates between Gisbertus Voetius and
life of a meaningful sort apart from anything akin to crucifixion and death. On these grounds, the cross seems to be little more than historical happenstance that fortunately happens not to conflict with Stump’s view of the atonement—a view falling fall short of the energy and urgency with which the
peaceful ecclesial modifications necessary in his homeland. We are left then with a paradox regarding Calvin’s writings about and interactions with the Anabaptists. Calvin exerted a great deal of thought and energy denouncing the Anabaptists, yet he found his own theology shaped by them, sometimes in