Saturday, October 20, 2007

Interview with Vanhoozer on Reading Culture

Kevin Vanhoozer is interviewed about the new collection of essays (actually student papers!) he edited, entitled Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends.

Here is one of Vanhoozer's answers from the interview:
Just as we learn how to read step-by-step, you have to teach the basic steps to reading culture. You should start by asking questions of a culture that you would ask of a text. Such as,
  • Who is the author of this?
  • What is the author trying to accomplish?
  • How is this structured?
  • What does the structure tell us about the intent of the people making it?
  • What is it saying, what is it doing, what effect is it having on people?

We need to start asking a barrage of questions.

For more, see this excerpt, or another one: The Gospel According to Safeway

See also the Resurgence interview with Vanhoozer: part 1, part 2.