Faith and Narrative

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Keith E. Yandell
Oxford University Press, Aug 9, 2001 - Religion - 288 pages
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From epic to limerick, novel to anecdote, literary narratives engage and entertain us. From autobiography and biography to accounts of familial generations, narratives define communities. Myths and histories loom large in religious traditions as well. Recently, the importance of narrative to ethics and religion has become a pervasive theme in several scholarly disciplines. In the essays presented here, a distinguished roster of scholars addresses a range of issues associated with this theme, focusing especially on questions concerning narrative's contribution to knowledge.

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Contents

Introduction
3
The Power of Narrative
13
The Place of Narrative
105
The Promise of Narrative
153
The Problems of Narrative
215
Index
261
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Page 57 - ... God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this Publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the Publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
Page 57 - Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
Page 126 - If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.
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