Monday, July 11, 2011

Definition of 'Pathos of Shakenness'

Changeinthewind asked for a definition of 'shakenness'.

Andrew Shanks, What is Truth? Towards a Theological Poetics, Routledge, 2001, p. 15:

'And here, then, is what I mean by 'the pathos of shakenness'. Such pathos is that paradigmatic quality of the gospel story which John reflectively expresses, above all, where he writes of darkness and light; and which recurs wherever, through art or ritual, the Holy Spirit is at work carrying forward gospel truth in new expressive ways.

'As pathos of shakenness it is a registering of the sheer intensity of moral chiaroscuro belonging to any really decisive moment of truth. As pathos of shakenness it is a registering of the intensely urgent need of thought deriving from such moments, consequent upon the weakening and collapse of all the old fixed reference points of establishment-mindedness.'


Anonymous AM said...

Thank you for this.

11:41 am, July 11, 2011  
Blogger changeinthewind said...

Yes, thank you.

The moral chirascuro of a moment of truth. And the consequence of such as shaken.

Wonderfully disquieting.

5:27 pm, July 11, 2011  

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