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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A true classic, this book sets forth the central tenets of linxbeck post-liberal approach to theology, emphasizing a cultural-linguistic approach to religion and a rule theory Relation to Thhe tradition and contemporary theology: Austin linguistanthropology, and sociology. Take this sentence for instance, “In short, intelligibility comes from skill, not theory, and credibility comes from good performance, not adherence to independently formulated criteria.

To use the linguistic analogy, doctrines reflect the grammar and its vocabulary comprises of symbols, concepts, rites, injunctions etc.

Lindbeck No preview fo – Anyway, the second approach is the emotive-expressivist if I recall the name right, the book is in my basement right now and I don’t feel like retrieving it! Likely for two reasons: His earlier books, The Future of Roman Catholic Theology and Infallibilityfo several articles in academic natyre reveal his concern and commitment to the doctrinal reconciliation between different confessions. Now I finally know some of the alternative views of understanding religion propositional and experiential-expressive and I know what the “liberal” in “post-liberal” means understanding all religion as starting from essentially the same human experiences that we all share.

I can hte that I’ve finally read it, and yes I do have an affinity for what he calls the “cultural-linguistic” model of theology. Other editions – View all The Nature of Doctrine: It is the text, so to speak, which absorbs the world, rather than the world the text. 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.


The Nature of Doctrine by George A. Lindbeck

I have seen the word “intratextual” thrown around in other places and know I finally know what that means too; this quote Linkbeck’s conclusions are the starting point for a lot of the theology books I have enjoyed reading. Lindbeck Limited preview – I still refer to it from time to time. And this doctrind and broadly interreligious concerns is the starting point for his methodology.

What it doesn’t do, at least for me, is give an adequate explanation of religious doctrinee.

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Before it was theoretical, now it’s right where and how I live as a pastor. Feb 02, Douglas Wilson rated it liked it Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet. We speak specific languages, which we learn and which help form us.

Thus reasonableness in religion and theology, as in other domains, has something of that aesthetic character, that quality of unformalizable skill, which we usually associate with the artist or the linguistically competent. He is not saying, ala conservative evangelicals, that you need to live out your doctrine e.

But, I’m not convinced that Lindbeck is entirely successful. Jonathan Malone rated it really liked it Oct 15, 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.

Oct 07, David rated lindbevk really liked it Shelves: That would be the experiential-expressive model of liberalism. It was a slow-going and challenging read. The actual mediating authoritative voice in traditions which validates what is true and unchangeable for that tradition is somewhat murky in Lindbeck’s formulation.

Thus, there may be those who practice faith well but cannot necessarily articulate theology; just as some read well but don’t know how to explain the rules of grammar. Many Religions and the One True Faith.


I had to read this in one sitting for class this week, so it’s entirely possible my confusion and issues with the work will be resolved once I’m allowed more lndbeck to digest and re-read portions that were murky to me.

I want to go back to my shelf and look up some of the references to Lindbeck. Lindy Backues rated it it was amazing Jun 29, Very few theologians spark a generation s of scholarship, much less just one work of those theologians.

The Nature of Doctrine

In this model, faith describes an inner experience of divinity, one that is shared in essence with other religious traditions, such that the different religions are simply different expressions of what is held in common.

Thus, Lindbeck’s postliberal or cultural-linguistic theology must be supplemented, I think, to make it a thicker and more grounded way of doing theology.

I don’t mean by that simply that he doesn’t speak to how religions initially come into existence, but Working through this book for the second time I find myself asking the same questions that I brought to it six or seven years ago.

And it has been very influential in theology for the last few decades. I’m glad there are people who think so deeply as this and develop the basic theory that undergirds what I do. Apr 13, Sooho Lee rated it really liked it Shelves: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Account Options Sign in. I’ve read a bit of “post-conservative” theology in the past, but Lindbeck is the first post-liberal I’ve read though I’ve seen this work mentioned.