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Literature & religion : Pascal, Gryphius, Lessing, Hölderlin, Novalis, Kierkegaard, Dostoyevsky, Kafka

Walter Jens, Hans Küng, Peter Heinegg (Translator)
The great visions of Gryphius, Lessing, Holderlin, and Novalis, visions of peace, freedom, and humanity, have not been refuted. They were simply not realized in the modem era and they point to a different future ... the lofty intellectuality and morality of Pascal the Catholic as well as the radical Christianness of Kierkegaard the Protestant have to be taken in here just as much as the mystical depth of Dostoyevsky the Russian and the enigmatic darkness of Kafka the Jew. The eclipse of God, the subsequent twilight of the gods, the downfall of the modem pseudogods can be followed by a new morning in a paradigm of postmodernity (a name for what is as yet unknown). Yes, let us look forward. If I read the signs of the times rightly, toward the end of our century rebellion against the Kafkaesque world is everywhere afoot ... Literature and religion in one: a theme of hope for a new futurean era that can bring forth literature in which great theology and great aesthetics enter once again into an exemplary intimacy. --Hans Küng, from Literature and Religion
Print Book, English, 1991
1st American ed View all formats and editions
Paragon House, New York, 1991
x, 308 pages ; 24 cm
9781557782823, 9781557782830, 1557782822, 1557782830
Blaise Pascal, Pensées. Religion at the dawn of modernity / Hans Küng
Certitude! Certitude! / Walter Jens
Andreas Gryphius, Poems. Religion in the thrall of the Reformation / Hans Küng
The sword into a plow / Walter Jens
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Nathan the wise. Religion on trial in the Enlightenment / Hans Küng
Nathan's attitude has been mine all along / Walter Jens
Friedrich Hölderlin, Hymns. Religion as the reconciliation of classical antiquity and Christianity / Hans Küng
... and look upon peace / Walter Jens
Novalis, Christendom or Europe. Religion in the mirror of Romantic poetry / Hans Küng
A great festival of peace on the smoking battlefields / Walter Jens
Søren Kierkegaard, Training in Christianity. Religion as a contradiction of the existing order / Hans Küng
Now, when we need martyrs by the thousands / Walter Jens
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky, The brothers Karamazov. Religion in the controversy over the end of religion / Hans Küng
But I want to see with my own eyes... the victim rise up and embrace his murderer / Walter Jens
Franz Kafka, The castle. Religion in the collapse of modernity / Hans Küng
Don't let man go to the dogs / Walter Jens
Translation of: Dichtung und Religion