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The Vindication of Tradition: The 1983 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities In This Carefully Reasoned Book, Noted Historian And Theologian Jaroslav Pelikan Offers A Moving And Spirited Defense Of The Importance Of Tradition Magisterial Ought Not To Be Missed MD Aeschliman, National Review A Soul Stirring Self Analysis, No Less Than A Distillation Of The Life Work Of The Living Historian Best Qualified To Provide Solutions To Those Tradition Versus Bible Only Controversies That Have Plagued Christianity Since The Reformation LK Shook, Canadian Catholic Review Admirably Concise And Penetrating Merle Rubin, The Christian Science Monitor It Takes A Scholar Thoroughly Steeped In A Subject To Be Able To Write With Lucidity And Charm About Its Traditions When The Scholar Is Dr Pelikan, The Result Is A Kind Of Classic, Something Sure To Become A Standard Text For An Interested Public Northrop Frye Wit, Grace, Style, And Wisdom Vie With Knowledge A Rare Combination, Delightful To Mind And Memory Recommended Broadly For Scholarly And General Use On Many Levels, And Especially Among Theology Students, Undergraduate And Graduate Choice Pelikan S Customary Erudition, Wit, And Gracious Style Are Evident Throughout This Stimulating Volume Harold E Remus, Religious Studies Review The Book Clearly Constitutes A Unified Plea That Modern Society Finds Ways And Means To Recapture The Resources Of The Past And To Overcome Its Fear Of The Tyranny Of The Dead Heiko A Oberman, Times Literary Supplement Jaroslav Pelikan Is Sterling Professor Of History Emeritus At Yale University Among His Many Books Are Jesus Through The Centuries And The Multivolume Work The Christian Tradition

About the Author: Jaroslav Pelikan

Jaroslav Jan Pelikan was born in Akron, Ohio, to a Slovak father and mother, Jaroslav Jan Pelikan Sr and Anna Buzekova Pelikan His father was pastor of Trinity Slovak Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois, and his paternal grandfather a bishop of the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches then known as the Slovak Lutheran Church in America.According to family members, Pelikan s mother taught him how to use a typewriter when he was three years old, as he could not yet hold a pen properly but wanted to write A polyglot, Pelikan s facility with languages may be traced to his multilingual childhood and early training That linguistic facility was to serve him in the career he ultimately chose after contemplating becoming a concert pianist as a historian of Christian doctrine He did not confine his studies to Roman Catholic and Protestant theological history, but also embraced that of the Christian East.In 1946 when he was 22, he earned both a seminary degree from Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis, Missouri and a Ph.D at the University of Chicago.Pelikan wrotethan 30 books, including the five volume The Christian Tradition A History of the Development of Doctrine 1971 1989 Some of his later works attained crossover appeal, reaching beyond the scholarly sphere into the general reading public notably, Mary Through the Centuries, Jesus Through the Centuries and Whose Bible Is It.His 1984 book The Vindication of Tradition gave rise to an often quoted one liner In an interview in U.S News World Report June 26, 1989 , he said Tradition is the living faith of the dead traditionalism is the dead faith of the living Tradition lives in conversation with the past, while remembering where we are and when we are and that it is we who have to decide Traditionalism supposes that nothing should ever be done for the first time, so all that is needed to solve any problem is to arrive at the supposedly unanimous testimony of this homogenized tradition.

10 thoughts on “The Vindication of Tradition: The 1983 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities

  1. says:

    After reading most of The World Beyond Your Head by Matthew Crawford, which argues for the loss of tradition in our culture, I was interested in reading this book I have always really viewed Pelikan as one of those rare, master readers who seems to have been able to read everything This book is a collection of four lectures Perhaps a quote from the last lecture which is also in the introduction to his 5

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    Tradition is the living faith of the dead Traditionalism is the dead faith of the living This quote was the most salient point for me in reading this short compilation of lectures Pelikan makes use of a number of popular figures, from Thomas Jefferson to John Henry Newmann and Ralph Waldo Emerson in addressing the importance of tradition, innovation and creativity An interesting book, somewhat dry at points, but

  3. says:

    Ah, it was nice to read intellectual discourse again it had been a while, especially concerning nonfiction I don t mind name dropping, but I have Robert Duncan Culver s copy he parted with it willingly , replete with his own comments and asides, making it a nifty bonus filled read for me and whoever gets it after I shuffle off As you likely know, Mr Pelikan is pretty top notch about things, and his insights and enjoinmen

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    Pelikan could hardly fail to present some little thought gems worthy of admiration I especially enjoyed the simple but necessary distinction between rediscovery of and recovery of tradition, and his definition that tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living Truly, progressivism of one sort or another has always been the trend of humanity though sometimes the current moves swiftly, so

  5. says:

    Fair argument for the human need of tradition Pelikan sees it as something we must proceed beyond, but through in order to reach new insight His juxtaposition of tradition vs traditionalism is probably what these lectures are most famous for, as it offers a clear framework in which to differentiate between the living faith of the dead tradition, something that is necessary for future insight or the dead faith of the living traditionalism,

  6. says:

    Jaroslav Pelikan s The Vindication of Tradition is a dense, heady examination of the role of tradition in Western Christian culture The book s focus is primarily centered around the Christian tradition as informed and influenced by Greek thought, but the arguments it makes could, in their spirited defense of inherited tradition vs a Bible as only source approach to Christianity, just as easily be applied to, for example, the defense of oral Torah

  7. says:

    Jaroslav Pelikan was among the preeminent church historians of the 20th century It s in this set of lectures given in 1983 as the National Endowment for the Humanities Thomas Jefferson Lectures that he laid out his understanding of tradition, why it might be rediscovered, recovered, understood It is here that he makes his famous distinction between tradition living faith of the dead and traditionalism dead faith of the living The reason we turn aside from

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    Because this book was originally delivered as a series of lectures it has a certain candidness that most scholarly books lack, yet it maintains the level of erudition one expects from a scholar of Pelikan s magnitude I recommend this book to anyone studying church history and or development of doctrine in an academic setting.

  9. says:

    Pelikan, premier church historian, offers up a truly challenging read that wrestles with tradition and its particular role in religious life.

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