Tracing the Lines

Spiritual Exercise and the Gesture of Christian Scholarship

By Robert Sweetman

Tracing the Lines

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  • ISBN: 9781498296816
  • Pages: 188
  • Publication Date: 8/23/2016
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Tracing the Lines

Spiritual Exercise and the Gesture of Christian Scholarship

By Robert Sweetman

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  • ISBN: 9781498296816
  • Pages: 188
  • Publication Date: 8/23/2016
  • Retail Price: $24.00
Web Price: $19.20
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  • ISBN: 9781498296816
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  • Publication Date: 8/23/2016
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About-

Tracing the Lines takes on the project of what Christian scholarship is, and should be, today. It does so, however, with an eye to locating similarities in the rich tradition the last nearly two thousand years of Christian scholarship has given birth to. With humility and a sympathetic ear, Sweetman traces the way certain lines of thought have developed over time, showing their strengths, their weaknesses, and their motivation for shaping Christian scholarship in particular ways. Though he locates his own thought within a particular one of these streams, he shows how all of them have contributed in different ways to the formation of the work of Christian scholarship. Offering in the end an understanding of Christian scholarship as scholarship attuned to the shape of our Christian hearts, this book reaches across disciplines to connect Christians engaged in scholarship in all areas of the academy, whether at public or private institutions.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"This learned book reads like an exciting detective story. A 'Christian scholarship' Whodunit? Rather than give a traditional argumentative judgment, Sweetman ends by surprising us, and invites every scholar into the confessional: What is the shape of your heart aligned with the Scriptures? A genial, engaging, profound book."
--Calvin Seerveld, Senior Member in Philosophical Aesthetics, Emeritus, Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto

"What is Christian scholarship? Robert Sweetman's new book is a penetrating, synthetic reflection on this precise question. Sweetman provides an historically rich view of this question with illuminating meditations on patristic, medieval, and modern figures. This is a conversation Sweetman wants to move forward, and he does so down a new, imaginative, and speculative path."
--John F. Boyle, Professor of Catholic Studies and Theology, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

"A lovely, challenging book for all Christian scholars concerned with a real connection between their scholarship and their hearts. Sweetman writes with the generous humility he advocates; describing Christian scholarship as 'a beloved folk-recipe,' he manages to [simultaneously] be philosophically rigorous and spiritually winsome. I want to be part of the scholarly community of mutual trust and correction to which he calls his readers."
--Deborah C. Bowen, Chair of English, Redeemer University College

"Sweetman does Christian scholars a great service by framing and re-framing our discussions of the unity, diversity, and distinctiveness of our scholarship. He probes the conceptual assumptions and deep metaphors behind the ways we think about and practice our vocation, seamlessly mixing unstinting charity to the variety of expressions with incisive critique. This book traces the shape of the heart of the Christian scholar in a way that should reshape the conversation."
--Michael J. DeMoor, Associate Professor of Social Philosophy in Politics, History, and Economics, The King's University

Contributors-

Robert Sweetman

Bio(s)-

Dr. Robert Sweetman is the H. Evan Runner Chair in the History of Philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies. He is a trained medievalist specializing in Dominican Thought--in particular, Aquinas, Meister Eckhart, and the florescence of women's contemplative thought supported by Dominicans in the thirteenth century. He brings these interests and competencies into contact with the Reformational tradition by using them to examine D.H.Th. Vollenhoven's "problem-historical" historiography of the history of philosophy.

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