Critique and Apologetics by Jörg Ulrich, David Brakke, Anders-Christian Jacobsen

By Jörg Ulrich, David Brakke, Anders-Christian Jacobsen

This publication comprises thirteen contributions from a global convention held in 2007. the assumption of the convention used to be to enquire the confrontations and the cultural, philosophical and spiritual trade among diverse non secular teams in antiquity and to set up a extra entire conception approximately what apologetics was once thought of to be either within the context of antiquity and from the viewpoint of recent scholarship: is it attainable to outline a literary style known as apologetics? Is it attainable to speak about apologetics as a undeniable form of discourse which isn't constrained to a different type of texts? Which argumentative techniques are implied in apologetic discourses? The essays during this quantity current a brand new method of those questions.

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An Introduction to the Theory of Genres and Modes, Oxford 1982, 38. 222 T. Todorov, The Origin of Genres, in: New Literary History 8 (1976), 159-170 (161). 32 Anders Klostergaard Petersen of genres they to a different degree of artistic skill could develop and transform in different directions. Texts are neither with regard to content nor form created ex nihilo. They are woven together by different threads and are part of a larger cultural and social tapestry. They depend an other writings and textual forms, which they simultaneously challenge, develop, and are decisively influenced by.

The subgenre according to Fowler embodies the same external characteristics as those found in the genre, together with an additional specification of content. "3° Precisely, what I previously hinted at by defining genre in terms of a number of shared discursive properties both with regard to content and to form. "31 There is, however, a certain vagueness adhering to this idea of family resemblance, since it is not altogether clear what the constitutive elements of the various ways in which the septs and individuals members relate are.

They appeal to shared values in ethics and they claim a common history. Appealing to earlier philosophers, Justin asks, "receive us, even if you receive us only an an equality with them", but he also asserts that Christians are the most dutiful of tax-payers and diligent subjects (1 apol. ). Athenagoras' goal is "that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life and at the same time willingly do all that is commanded" (leg. 3). The Apologists do not, of course, deny Christian difference, nor its depth; what they do is to deny that this one characteristic outweighs all others so as to make any co-existence impossible.

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