The Nature of Doctrine: Religion and Theology in a Postliberal Age

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The Nature of Doctrine, originally published in 1984, is one of the most influential works of academic theology in the past fifty years. A true classic, this book sets forth the central tenets of a post-liberal approach to theology, emphasizing a cultural-linguistic approach to religion and a rule theory of doctrine.

In addition to his account of the nature of religion, George Lindbeck also addresses the relationship between Christianity and other religions, the resolution of ...

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Overview

The Nature of Doctrine, originally published in 1984, is one of the most influential works of academic theology in the past fifty years. A true classic, this book sets forth the central tenets of a post-liberal approach to theology, emphasizing a cultural-linguistic approach to religion and a rule theory of doctrine.

In addition to his account of the nature of religion, George Lindbeck also addresses the relationship between Christianity and other religions, the resolution of historic doctrinal conflict among Christian communities, and the nature and task of theology itself. This is a work that all theologians and advanced students should know.

This twenty-fifth anniversary edition includes an English translation of the foreword to the German edition and a complete bibliography of Lindbeck's work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664233358
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Edition number: 25
  • Pages: 170
  • Sales rank: 1,111,408
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


George A. Lindbeck is Pitkin Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of several books, including The Church in a Postliberal Age.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Nature of Doctrine after 25 Years Bruce D. Marshall vii

Foreword to the German Edition of The Nature of Doctrine xxix

Foreword to the Original Edition xxxiii

1 Theory, Ecumenism, and Culture: The Proposal in Context 1

I The Ecumenical Matrix 1

II The Psychosocial Context 1

2 Religion and Experience: A Pretheological Inquiry 16

I An Experiential-Expressive Model 17

II A Cultural-Linguistic Alternative 18

III The Inconclusiveness of the Comparison 27

3 Many Religions and the One True Faith 32

I Unsurpassability 33

II The Interrelationships of Religions 38

III Salvation and Other Faiths 41

IV Excursus on Religion and Truth 49

4 Theories of Doctrine 59

I Doctrines and Their Problems 60

II Grammar and Doctrine, Continuity and Change 65

III A Taxonomy of Doctrines 70

5 Testing the Theory: Christology, Mariology, and Infallibilityp77

I Nicaea and Chalcedon 78

II Marian Dogmas 82

III Infallibility|84

IV The Superiority of a Regulative View 90

6 Toward a Postliberal Theology 98

I The Problem of Assessment 98

II Faithfulness as Intratextuality 99

III Applicability as Futurology 110

IV Intelligibility as Skill 114

Conclusion 120

Afterword: Interreligious Relations and Christian Ecumenism: Revisiting Chapter 3 of The Nature of Doctrine 125

Bibliography 141

Index 167

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