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作者 Torres, Michael A
書名 Communicating the wholly other in Christian popular fiction: Rhetorical effects of post-Enlightenment concepts of God (Tim F. LaHaye, Jerry Jenkins, Walker Percy, Rudolf Otto)
國際標準書號 0496139312
book jacket
說明 273 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 65-11, Section: A, page: 4183
Adviser: Gillette Elvgren
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Regent University, 2005
A certain strain of contemporary evangelical fiction epitomized by Tim LaHaye's and Jerry Jenkins' Left Behind series is widely popular. This dissertation concerns itself with the religious, rhetorical communication of such novels. It considers the underlying influence of Enlightenment thinking that informed early American Protestantism, which in turn influenced American novelists. It traces the roots of the underlying ideas of God that inform contemporary popular American Evangelical fiction such as Left Behind. It also looks at another model of contemporary fiction, namely Walker Percy's Love in the Ruins, that communicates the notion of God in terms of ineffability, mystery and awe. Supporting the premise that Enlightenment's influence on American Protestantism rendered God propositionally and scientifically, this dissertation traces those American novelists that have apparently influenced LaHaye and Jenkins, and also those that have had an impact on Walker. It identifies salient concepts, namely Rudolf Otto's mysterium, tremendum, and fascinans, as being relatively faithful characteristics of the Judeo-Christian God, informed by pre-Enlightenment thought. The study examines the occurrence or lack thereof of these concepts in fictional elements (character, plot, setting, etc.) in both Left Behind and Love in the Ruins as criteria to judge whether or not particular works of fiction communicate a more faithful representation of the Judeo-Christian God. Effectually, the thesis of this dissertation is that works such as Left Behind in their literal interpretation of Biblical prophecy communicate a concept of God that is systematic, propositional, and ultimately depersonalizing both humankind and God
School code: 1058
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 65-11A
主題 Language, Rhetoric and Composition
Literature, Modern
Religion, Philosophy of
Alt Author Regent University
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