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The Resource The return of Christian humanism : Chesterton, Eliot, Tolkien, and the romance of history, Lee Oser

The return of Christian humanism : Chesterton, Eliot, Tolkien, and the romance of history, Lee Oser

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The return of Christian humanism : Chesterton, Eliot, Tolkien, and the romance of history
Title
The return of Christian humanism
Title remainder
Chesterton, Eliot, Tolkien, and the romance of history
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Lee Oser
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Language
eng
Summary
"Among the prominent intellectual debates of the twentieth century was the literary clash between a dogmatically relativist modernism and a robust revival of Christian humanism. In The Return of Christian Humanism, Lee Oser ranges widely over English literature, from Chaucer to Beckett, taking in the thoughts of critics, philosophers, and theologians in order to compare the fruits of Christian humanism with those of its rivals, both secular and religious. Oser reveals that Christian humanism informs a broad and important literature and maintains that it encourages a genuine diversity of thought based on reason, nature, and the accomplishments of artistic genius. He first describes how the liberal humanism of Matthew Arnold gave way to the Christian humanism of G. K. Chesterton, then proposes the work of J. R. R. Tolkien as a litmus test for modern critics{u2014}contradicting those who dismiss it as childish and defending its imaginative power. And in pointing out a strong Augustinian strain in T. S. Eliot, Oser shows that this poet can best be understood in comparison with Chesterton and Tolkien. Along the way, he tackles such issues as the canon and the education of taste and takes on some of today{u2019}s most prominent literary critics, including Helen Vendler and Harold Bloom. Writing at the interface of literature and religion, Oser challenges the assumption that Christian orthodoxy is incompatible with humanism, freedom, and democracy. He argues that contemporary academic culture has overlooked Christianity{u2019}s gifts to literature and civilization, and he shows humanism{u2019}s influence on the shape of Western cultural history, as well as the consequences of humanism for philosophy and theology. The Return of Christian Humanism argues that the Christian humanist occupies the 2radical middle3 between church and state, past and future, faith and reason, as it makes a compelling argument for reconsidering how this movement informs and sustains much of our great literature. In addition to reopening this important debate, Oser argues that Christian humanists are often more genuinely tolerant than are champions of multiculturalism and diversity{u2014}and that Christian humanist authors offer a balanced yet dynamic view of art and life."--Publishers website
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DLC
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1958-
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Oser, Lee
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820.9/3823
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PR149.H86
LC item number
O84 2007
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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University of Missouri Press
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  • Chesterton, G. K.
  • Eliot, T. S.
  • Tolkien, J. R. R.
  • Humanism in literature
  • English literature
  • Christian literature, English
  • Theology, Doctrinal, in literature
  • Christianity and literature
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The return of Christian humanism : Chesterton, Eliot, Tolkien, and the romance of history, Lee Oser
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-178) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Humanism and culture. Between two worlds -- Part II. Three Christian humanists. G. K. Chesterton ; T.S. Eliot ; J.R.R. Tolkien -- Part III. Gnostic aestheticism. Antihumanism in Beckett and others ; Artificial taste -- Part IV. The radical middle. Enter reason and nature ; An imperfect theory ; The canon and literary form ; The romance of history
Control code
154308833
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 190 pages
Isbn
9780826217752
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2007026461
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)154308833
Label
The return of Christian humanism : Chesterton, Eliot, Tolkien, and the romance of history, Lee Oser
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-178) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Humanism and culture. Between two worlds -- Part II. Three Christian humanists. G. K. Chesterton ; T.S. Eliot ; J.R.R. Tolkien -- Part III. Gnostic aestheticism. Antihumanism in Beckett and others ; Artificial taste -- Part IV. The radical middle. Enter reason and nature ; An imperfect theory ; The canon and literary form ; The romance of history
Control code
154308833
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 190 pages
Isbn
9780826217752
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2007026461
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)154308833

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