She also points out Stowe's willingness to look to sources other than scripture, not only modern religious writings
but also "extra-biblical legends" (708) re-tracing the tales of undervalued Old Testament and New Testament women, such as Miriam and the Virgin Mary (711).
Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI" explores the religious writing
of the departing pope, detailing his studies into scripture and the writings of the countless monks before him, offering his studious nature of the religion, and his approaches to inter-religious dialogue from an Biblical academic standpoint.
Barrett Browning explored first the hymn/hymnist and then the sermon/preacher as models for religious writing
and the religious poet.
The next section, the longest, is on subjects of translation: the Bible, religious writing
, women translators of religious texts, romance, chronicles and histories, classical authors, works of the Italian Renaissance and scientific and medical writing.
After an informative introduction that contextualizes all of Aretino's religious writing
and a first section on early sixteenth-century devotional literature, each of the three works is examined in a separate section.
After 1700, the book's interest in religious writing
and in the European embeddedness of Irish literature seems to decline.
Anne Marie D'Arcy and Mary Swan both examine religious writing
about women--the Prioress's Tale and the Veronica story.
From the Church's point of view I am only a marginal Christian now: I am someone who likes modern Western philosophy, who retains a strong devotion to Jesus Christ, who has an affinity with much in the Jewish and the Buddhist traditions, and who has been trying to build up a body of free and experimental religious writing
which may or may not one day be of use to others.
The sections on chronicles and diplomatic sources are important, but those dealing with hagiography, historical romance, and artistic and religious writing
are especially significant.
She advances some key arguments about women's writing during this period, including that the Counter-Reformation counter-intuitively opened up cultural opportunities for women's writing, that the new tradition of vernacular religious literature offered women a more attractive and gender-egalitarian environment for writing, and that religious writing
has to be understood as existing in a dialectic with secular literature and not (as modern habits of criticism tend to suggest) in a separate world.
For these writers, religious writing
is not based on allegory or apologetics; rather, issues are allowed to emerge on their own.
Kircher asks a different and powerfully new question: how does this thought appear in relation to contemporaneous religious writing
, especially by mendicant friars who sought to guide the consciences of the laity?
This put a damper on any English religious writing
more substantial than miracle plays and simple tracts.
In thus breaking down the boundaries between modern notions of literature and other forms of religious writing
, the only form that gets short shrift is theological commentary, not insignificant in so far as John was often dubbed the first theologian.
152) Identifying both the "creative writer" (153) and the theologian (154) as Catholic religious writers, Rahner reflects further on their task in "The Future of the Religious Book," which ponders "the religious writing
of the future.