Monday, May 10, 2010

Hahn on the "Politics of Biblical Interpretation"

This is a real treat--what a rockin' video! Here are two of my favorite contemporary theologians talking about Modernity, the Bible and Hermeneutics. Here Dr. Hahn mentions his new academic monograph, "The Politics of Biblical Interpretation", which I am especially excited about. Enjoy!

Students in my Biblical Hermeneutics course should pay close attention to this!

When I was a grad student Dr. Hahn and his family took me in. Watching videos like these makes me miss the regularity with which we used to have such conversations!


petebrown said...

Thanks for posting this Mike. Sounds like the Hahn I remember too. But I wish I found this more convincing. I have to ask...if the 13th century was such the consummate pinnacle of human thought as this narrative implies, why we ever had the 14th century and every other century since. I love Aquinas don't get me wrong, but if he really showed us the permanent key for unifying faith and reason, nature and grace and church and state etc.then the wheels would not have come off the cart so to speak, almost immediately.

Of course, its great to speak of a modern ancient synthesis but just speaking of it does not get us there. The data of modernity is far too complicated to ever put back together in an Aquinas like synthesis. I think were about as likely to recover Thomistic modes of thought today as we are to recover medieval modes of dentistry or transportation--and I say that with a little sadness!

James Bellisario said...

Great video. I have been putting a lot of time into reading about the loss of the Thomistic method in the modern Church, and it seems to me that this modernist infiltration only really took hold in the Church after Pope Pius XII. Although the undercurrents were there, the majority of theologians still held in large to Thomistic thought and principles at the time of his papacy. It was only after Pope John XXIII and to a larger extent under Paul VI when these modernists were able voice their opinions publicly and to some extent even uncontested, that the modernist mentality started to hold sway among a majority of theologians. If you recall, Pope Pius XII kept many of them like Yves Congar under raps. As far as returning to the Thomistic viewpoint, I believe it is already happening. Slowly but surely Saint Thomas is coming back into the spotlight for priests and seminarians. I am looking forward to Dr. Hahn's new book. I like when he writes the more scholarly material.