Tuesday 29 May 2007

On Kevin Vanhoozer

Guy points us to Andreas Köstenberger’s extended review of Kevin Vanhoozer’s Drama of Doctrine, together with a good-natured response by Vanhoozer.

The Drama of Doctrine is an extraordinary work – probably the most important study of the hermeneutics of doctrine since Lindbeck. To be honest, I read this some time ago with the intention of posting a review here at F&T – but I still haven’t found the energy to review it. I found it a difficult book to review – it’s so big and ambitious and wide-ranging that it’s hard to know what to say about it. But seeing Köstenberger’s review (as well as earlier reviews by Guy and Michael) makes me feel very lazy. So I’ll try to come up with a review of it within the next month or so.

Update: Be sure also to see Guy’s delightful new post on the dangers of The Drama of Doctrine – there’s an important lesson here for all of us about Library Safety....


michael jensen said...

And its cover is so darn ORANGE that it gives you a headache..

byron smith said...

It's not hard to find on the shelf.

I had to review it for a college assignment last year and quite enjoyed the task.

Guy Davies said...

At least orange is a dramatic colour. Beige just wouldn't have done it.

Because of the sheer scope of the work, my review is split up into a series of posts. But it's not as drawn out as Chris Tilling's on Jesus and the Eyewitnesses!

Guy Davies said...

Breaking news:

Blogger gets crushed by The Drama of Dcotrine


michael jensen said...

Actually, Ben, if you wanted to post Byron's review here (if he doesn't want to put it on his own blog) it is quite the finest review I have read of it.

Anonymous said...

I look forward to this discussion. I enjoyed Vanhoozer's book very much. The use of Bakhtin, for example, was thought-provoking. However, I wish he had applied his approach to some hot-button issues to see how much room for improvisation he would allow.
Are the legal sections of the Bible also to be read "dramatically," that is to say, as utterances conditioned by their circumstances? if so, then this opens the door to a more accepting attitude toward same-sex relationships (OK by me). But as I couldn't decide whether Vanhoozer would go along with that or not, and if not, why not.

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