New Release: Beginning with the Word

Cover ArtIn this addition to the critically acclaimed Cultural Exegesis series, Roger Lundin – a nationally recognized scholar and award-winning author – offers a sophisticated theological engagement with the nature of language and literature.

Beginning with the Word is marked by a commitment to bring the history of Christian thought, modern theology in particular, into dialogue with literature and modern culture. It is theologically rigorous, widely interdisciplinary in scope, lucidly written, and ecumenical in tone and approach.


“Lundin explores modern literature’s endless wrestling with Christian witness and biblical narrative with his customary thoughtfulness, passion, and personal commitment. He opens for us the ways that writers of the past two centuries reckon with an inheritance they cannot quite manage to receive or refuse.” – Alan Jacobs, Baylor University

“I have loved all of Roger Lundin’s books and am grateful that there is now another. There are very few critics one thinks of as enlarging one’s life, much less making one more fit to live it. Roger Lundin, for this reader, is just such a writer.” – Christian Wiman, Yale University

“Lundin writes with extraordinary fluency, grace, and delight. He moves seamlessly between literature and theology, poetry and prose, philosophy and cultural commentary in ways that will renew your confidence in the power of God’s wisdom in God’s world. Like his other books, Beginning with the Word is a remarkable achievement from a remarkable thinker.” – Jeremy Begbie, Duke University

“[A]n absorbing and lively Christian engagement with the naturalism of modern intellectual culture. It is a work of wide scope, written con brio, animated equally by seasoned literary intelligence and by a trust that Christian teaching provides a truthful reading of the world.” – John Webster, University of St. Andrews


Roger LundinRoger Lundin (PhD, University of Connecticut) is Arthur F. Holmes Professor of Faith and Learning at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the award-winning author of several books, including Believing Again: Doubt and Faith in a Secular Age, Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief, and From Nature to Experience: The American Search for Cultural Authority, and editor of Invisible Conversations: Religion in the Literature of America.

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