The Challenge of Meaning

(This paper is published here as a theological reference for the pastor, teacher, seminary student, scholar, and every thoughtful believer.)

I have observed recently that whenever I read a theological book, I get drowsy. Is it the author whose writing style I may not fancy, and who assumes a referent that I am woefully unfamiliar? There are some authors that make me fall asleep and others that awake me. Is it the text that is filled with verbosity and laden with words that I am unaware? Or is it me, the reader, who prefers one author over another, or who is just sleepy because of the weather? It is in this conundrum that makes meaning seem indefinable, while posing a challenge to capture it in definitive ways. In what follows, I attempt to do so, showing that meaning is gained by the reader’s grasping of authorial intent through the mediate agency of the text, while the reader gets alongside the world of the text. . . . more

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