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Scott sees a mutual relationship and reliance between theology and literature as ?both art and religious faith share a common intention to summon us into the presence of what is other than, and transcendent to, the human mind?? (205). It would seem the two are irreconcilable, especially since the noted event of Nietzsche?s proclamation that God is dead. Scott argues that theologians may gain from modern literature, (20th century up to 1966), to understand the general state, the general perspective, of people, even if it is the view that God is absent. Scott?s book is a challenge to Christians to realize the significance of 20th century art and literature, perhaps even to engage it. But he does not advocate developing a Christian philosophy of art that would prescribe how literature should be written. Scott draws on 20th century theologians, such as Barth, Bonhoeffer, and Tillich, to suggest a concern for fellow humans that would not dismiss expressed unrest or confusion, but would recognize that literature, especially the fictional novel, may be the most significant modern form for theology.
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