Toward a Theological Ontology of Textual Meaning

Scott Huelin

Does the contemporary notion that readers in part constitute the meaning of a text license interpretive violence? To the contrary, Scott Huelin argues that events of textual understanding are underwritten by the very natures of language, discourse, and textuality and at the same time are affected by divine activity. Drawing upon historic Christian practices of spiritual reading, Augustinian theology, and contemporary hermeneutical thought, it claims that the readerís participation in the making of meaning of any text, sacred or secular, both fulfills the nature of textualized discourse and, through divine gift, exceeds it. Mr. Huelin is Assistant Professor of Humanities in Christ College at Valparaiso University.

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