This article’s goal is to discuss the relationship between reading, writing and power. (Unfortunately, space forbids more than an introduction to this topic.) We live in a postmodern society where some people doubt whether truth is knowable. I will show that the power of the written word is great enough so that receptive readers can overcome the barriers against understanding it as the author meant it, and therefore reading can teach the truth. Obviously, this statement will be qualified at a later point. While this article will center on power, it is inseparable from the other traits of literature.The biblical term “Word” often means both the written and the spoken word. Much, if not all, I say will apply to the word spoken as well as the word written. I will begin by listing a few biblical texts that show the relationship between the Word and power.
Delivuk, John Allen
"Reading, Writing and Power,"
The Christian Librarian: Vol. 49
, Article 20.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/tcl/vol49/iss2/20