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

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  • Edition: 25th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-07-20
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Pr

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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 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.

Author Biography

George A. Lindbeck is Pitkin Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology at Yale University. Bruce D. Marshall is Professor of Historical Theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Nature of Doctrine after 25 Yearsp. vii
Foreword to the German Edition of The Nature of Doctrinep. xxix
Foreword to the Original Editionp. xxxiii
Theory, Ecumenism, and Culture: The Proposal in Contextp. 1
The Ecumenical Matrixp. 1
The Psychosocial Contextp. 1
Religion and Experience: A Pretheological Inquiryp. 16
An Experiential-Expressive Modelp. 17
A Cultural-Linguistic Alternativep. 18
The Inconclusiveness of the Comparisonp. 27
Many Religions and the One True Faithp. 32
Unsurpassabilityp. 33
The Interrelationships of Religionsp. 38
Salvation and Other Faithsp. 41
Excursus on Religion and Truthp. 49
Theories of Doctrinep. 59
Doctrines and Their Problemsp. 60
Grammar and Doctrine, Continuity and Changep. 65
A Taxonomy of Doctrinesp. 70
Testing the Theory: Christology, Mariology, and Infallibilityp77
Nicaea and Chalcedonp. 78
Marian Dogmasp. 82
Infallibility 84
The Superiority of a Regulative Viewp. 90
Toward a Postliberal Theologyp. 98
The Problem of Assessmentp. 98
Faithfulness as Intratextualityp. 99
Applicability as Futurologyp. 110
Intelligibility as Skillp. 114
Conclusionp. 120
Afterword: Interreligious Relations and Christian Ecumenism: Revisiting Chapter 3 of The Nature of Doctrinep. 125
Bibliographyp. 141
Indexp. 167
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