Religious Reading: The Place of Reading in the Practice of Religion

Synopsis

What social conditions and intellectual practices are necessary in order for religious cultures to flourish? Paul Griffiths finds the answer in 'religious reading' -- the kind of reading in which a religious believer allows his mind to be furnished and his heart instructed by a sacred text, understood in the light of an authoritative tradition. He favourably contrasts the practices and pedagogies of traditional religious cultures with those of our own fragmented and secularized culture and insists that religious reading should be preserved.