The Nature of Doctrine: Religion and Theology in a Postliberal Age an understanding of doctrine that will aid ecumenical discussion, Lindbeck sketches in this. In addition to his account of the nature of religion, George Lindbeck also addresses the relationship between Christianity and other religions, the resolution of. Friday 16th November GMT – Sunday 18th November GMT: Payment facilities will be unavailable on Taylor & Francis Online during this period due.

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For Lindbeck, learning a religion is like learning a language, a skill that you develop. His earlier books, The Future of Roman Catholic Theology and Infallibilityand several articles in academic journals reveal his concern and commitment to the doctrinal reconciliation between different confessions. Johnny rated it really liked it Dec 07, That’s a skill not shared by many theologians. To learn theology is not to read some propositions either.

After all, Lindbeck is considered one of the lindbsck figures in what is known as post-liberalism, and it has long seemed that I have an affinity for that perspective. Jun 23, E.

And the non-foundationalist epistemology. Lindbeck was born in China to American Lutheran missionary parents. This would be the conservative or even fundamentalist view: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Still, it’s not just an important book, but also a helpful one, and I’m enjoying interacting with Lindbeck’s ideas again.

The Nature of Doctrine

It also addresses the need for a dynamic interpretation of the Text in the lindbeeck context. And it has been very influential in theology for the last few decades. I’m not entirely clear on who decides what doctrines are open to reformulation and how such a decision is reached. Interesting ideas, but the socio-cultural approach begs the question of objectivity. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Reframe theological discourse in such a way that it is possible to be relevant to contemporary concerns and culture while at the same time remaining faithful to historic Creedal Christianity.


Lindbeck suggests that rather than a propositional conservative model or experiential liberal model a cultural-linguistic model to doctrine.

Click here to sign up. I don’t see how postliberal theology can demand this from its followers. I don’t mean by that simply that he doesn’t speak to how religions initially come into existence, but rather, why is it that in evangelistic religions like Christianity, the Gospel is proclaimed as a series of truths to be believed before it is a language to be spoken and a culture to be embraced.

Before it was theoretical, now it’s right where and how I live as a pastor. It is the text, so to speak, which absorbs the world, rather than the world the text. The Nature of Doctrine is, as Lindbeck confessed, an introduction to what he calls “postliberal theology.

In this cultural-linguistic approach, religion behaves like a semiotic-linguistic system circumscribed by its internal grammar for the purpose of grasping and expressing reality within the particular time-space context. Instead, the nature of doctrine or religious claims should be cultural-linguistic. Therefore the point is to draw the world into the biblical world, not the other way around. Having read it once before, I found the second time through to be very helpful.

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Lindbeck Snippet view – Provocative, accessible, ecumenical, pragmatic — everything the classic primer on post-liberal theology ought to be. To use the linguistic analogy, doctrines reflect the grammar and its vocabulary comprises of symbols, concepts, rites, injunctions etc. Theology then is not really about God or Jesus, but how God or Jesus is perceived by this or that church.


Instead you must live in the community. Help Center Find new research papers in: Lindbeck No preview available – But it is not without some limitations. Westminster John Knox Press- Religion – pages. Westminster John Knox Press Amazon. The cognitive-propositionalist truth-statement and truth-claims and experiential-expressivist emotive and subjective approaches are limited, or at least they do not facilitate religious dialogue well.

Not literally heavy, as its only pages. The cultural-linguistic model suggests that this simply doesn’t work, that religions have a particularity that simply doesn’t translate. Many Religions and the One True Faith.

The Nature of Doctrine by George A. Lindbeck

Lists with This Book. Aug 09, Earl rated it it was amazing Shelves: In many ways, this is the primary struggle I have in my own theology and academic life as a Creedal Christian at an institution with little time for classical theological formulations.

A lot of good insights. I read the 25th anniversary edition, which has a nice introduction. His critique against propositionalists is their preoccupation for certitude, which according to Lindbeck is not possible on this side of human existence. Austin linguistanthropology, and sociology.

Certainly, all religious experiences are seen through socio-cultural lenses, but how does that make them re-definable without introducing canceling subjectivity. Want to Read saving….

The actual mediating authoritative voice in traditions which validates what is true and unchangeable for that tradition is somewhat murky in Lindbeck’s formulation. Lindbeck draws influence from Wittgenstein philosopher of languageJ.

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