79 BOOK REPORT Modern literature and post-modern theology Ich denke, wir sollten Gott, auch das Wort Gott, eine Weile in Ruhe lassen1 The greatest mistake theologians can make when reading literature is to look for what they already know. As though theology has already named that which in liter- ature is still conveyed 'metaphorically'. As though literature merely embellishes the truth and packages in beauty that which theology states objectively. As though beauty and literature had no other value. Only when the theologian gives up hope of encountering in poetry the 'already named', the Schonbenannte, only then will s/he truly assimilate that which s/he reads (Solle speaks of "weltliche Realisation"), without stealing a march on the poet (Solle, 71). The topic of God and literature appears to be a popular one as we near the end of the twentieth century. In 1997 the 'Dutch Week of the Book' took 'My God' as its theme, and practically all Dutch authors responded. And, in Germany, several pub- lications have appeared concerning the relationship between theology and literature (Dorothee Solle), God and modem literature (Paul Konrad Kurz), and literature and angels (Herbert Vinqon). 1. Herbert Vinqon's Glauben Sie an Engel? is
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