A Self Conscious Experiment in Constructive Theology

One of the most interesting things about what we call “knowledge” is its extraordinary flexibility. Once a body of knowledge is mastered (or at least well understood), it can be inflected variously depending on the context, audience, and purpose of articulation. Those who study the field called “semiotics,” which, in its pragmatic dimension, refers to the collective process of meaning-making, are familiar with the seemingly spontaneous process by which distinct spheres of discourse are generated by specific contexts, and the fact that that apparent spontaneity does not equate with cultural transparency. In academic writing and teaching in the humanities, and most especially in religious studies, there is a tacit normative metadiscourse around “objective knowledge” and “knowledge for its own sake” that creates an artificial forced consensus, which almost completely prohibits the examination of religious ideas from a personal or pragmatic persp

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