This book breaks new ground by bringing together traditional Christian theological perspectives on truth and reality with a contemporary philosophical view of the place of language in reality. Yet it is not simply about theological language and truth as such. Instead Patterson asks: where does language fit in both divine and human reality? In her answer Patterson combines insights from several theological schools in an attempt to come up with a more comprehensive description. Finally, she explores the theological and ethical implications of the position she proposes.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. The task of theological realism; 2. The dilemma of postliberal theology; 3. Interpreting the truth; 4. The anatomy of language-riddenness; 5. The nature of theistic realism; 6. Becoming persons; 7. Becoming the Church; Conclusion; Select bibliography; Index.