A Polyphonic Bible in the Wild Public Sphere

Roberts, Stephen B. (2015) A Polyphonic Bible in the Wild Public Sphere. In: The Bible in Contemporary Culture, 25 - 27 June 2015, University of Chichester. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The place of the Bible in the public sphere is a problematic and contested issue. On the one hand, its polyphony of voices spanning several centuries and emerging from very different contexts makes it a problematic text when it comes to the task of speaking into contemporary public debates. On the other hand, the possibility of a specifically religious text having anything to contribute in the context of pluralism is highly contested. This paper argues that it is precisely the polyphonic nature of the Bible that secures its valuable place in what Habermas, in his later writings, describes as the ‘wild’ public sphere. Drawing on Bakhtin’s work on polyphony, this paper uses Scriptural Reasoning to develop a model of the public conversation in which the Bible is very much at home.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
Divisions: Departments > Theology
Event Title: The Bible in Contemporary Culture
Event Location: University of Chichester
Event Dates: 25 - 27 June 2015
Depositing User: Stephen Roberts
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2015 14:20
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2017 12:13
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/1621

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