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.
Contents Contributors vii Introduction 3 PART I The Power of Narrative 1 "They Stooped to Conquer": Cultural Vitality and the Narrative Impulse 15 Lamin Sanneh 2 Gnosis, Narrative, and the Occasion of Repentance 53 David L. Jeffrey 3 The Scandal of Revelation 68 George Steiner 4 Second-Person Accounts and the Problem of Evil 86 Eleonore Stump PART II The Place of Narrative 5 Social Transformation as Return of Story Tradition 107 James Billington 6 Anecdote as the Essence of Historical Understanding 116 Robert E. Frykenberg 7 Hagiography and Hindu Historical Consciousness 138 John B. Carman PART III The Promise of Narrative 8 Narrative and Theological Aspects of Freudian and Jungian Psychology 155 Paul Vitz 9 Words, Deeds, and Words about Deeds 167 Jon N. Moline 10 Narrative Theology from an Evangelical Perspective 188 Gabriel Fackre 11 Living within a Text 202 Nicholas Wolterstorff PART IV The Problems of Narrative 12. The Limits of Narrative Theology 217 Paul Griffiths 13 Narrative Ethics and Normative Objectivity 237 Keith E. Yandell Index 261