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

Mike Kraftson-Hogue
Literature and Theology
Vol. 14, No. 4 (December 2000), pp. 399-411
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23925364
Page Count: 13
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PREDICATION TURNING TO PRAISE: MARION AND AUGUSTINE ON GOD AND HERMENEUTICS—(GIVER, GIVING, GIFT, GIVING)
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Abstract

This article explores similarities between French Catholic philosopher Jean-Luc Marion'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 finally argues, following Marion, that as the meaning in words and texts is charitably 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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