Title: Wagering on Transcendence: The Search for Meaning in Literature
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Sheed & Ward January 1997
1556129823 / 9781556129827
Seller ID: 20080812145587
Taking its title from Pascal's famous remark that by betting on God's existence, one has everything to gain and nothing to lose, Wagering on Transcendence explores how writers throughout history have raised the stakes of their art in order to gain meaning and wisdom. These lively, accessible essays, written by Mount Mary College professors from a wide range of disciplines, track the spiritual journeys of Augustine, Annie Dillard, Czeslaw Milosz, Italo Calvino, Frederick Buechner, and Seamus Heaney, to name but a few. By turn these essays investigate how nature, language, and story can each become two-way avenues that lead us out of the self and back again, establishing a balance between self and society, science and religion, suffering and grace.