Nature of Doctrine: Religion and Theology in a Postliberal Age (Anniversary)

Nature of Doctrine: Religion and Theology in a Postliberal Age (Anniversary)

by George A. Lindbeck


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The Nature of Doctrine is one of the most influential works of academic theology of the past fifty years. Originally published in 1984, this book sets forth the central tenets of a postliberal 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, Lindbeck also addresses the resolution of historic doctrinal conflict among Christian communities, the relationship between Christianity and other religions, and the nature and task of theology itself. A programmatic work in what is now known as postliberal theology, The Nature of Doctrine has generated wide debate across the academy and the church and has influenced a generation of leading contemporary theologians and scholars of religion.

This twenty-fifth anniversary edition includes an introduction by theologian Bruce D. Marshall, a new afterword by the author, and a complete bibliography of Lindbeck's work.

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ISBN-13: 9780664233358
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1530L (what's this?)

About 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.

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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