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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Apr 13, Sooho Lee rated it really liked it Shelves: Feb 02, Douglas Wilson rated it liked it Shelves: This groundbreaking work lays the foundation for a theology based on a cultural-linguistic approach to religion and a regulative or rule theory of doctrine.

Lindbeck Snippet view – His critique against lindbek is their preoccupation for certitude, which according to Lindbeck is not possible on this side of human existence.

The popular notion that doctrinal reconciliation is not possible without doctrinal change has challenged him to identify an alternative approach.

Lists with This Book. Lindbeck’s proposal is attractive and, I think, simple enough for the laity or congregation the true theologians of a particular church to get excited about.

Lindbeck identifies three types of doctrinal theory: Oct 07, David rated it really liked it Shelves: But it is not without some limitations.

And the non-foundationalist epistemology. The cultural-linguistic model suggests that this simply doesn’t work, that religions have a particularity that simply doesn’t translate.


This groundbreaking work lays the foundation for a theology based on a cultural-linguistic approach to religion and a regulative doctrone rule theory of doctrine.

He is not saying, ala conservative evangelicals, that you need to live out your doctrine e.

The Nature of Doctrine

I’m not entirely clear on who decides what doctrines are open to reformulation and how such a decision is reached. He begins by discussing the traditional approaches to religion and theology.

Lindbeck puts forth a cultural-linguist understanding where theology functions more like grammar. Lindbeck argues that true doctrine is best understood in its “speech. Paperbackpages. Aug 04, Jacob Aitken rated it liked it Shelves: He discusses two different approaches to theology.

lindbec, Interesting ideas, but the socio-cultural approach begs the question of objectivity. Although shaped intimately by theological concerns, this approach is consonant with the most advanced anthropological, sociological, and philosophical 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.

First, if theology is just a particular community’s talk about God, then can theology be reduced to ecclesiology doctrine of the church?

Andrew Huff rated it really liked it Jul 06, 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. Overall, this is a challenging and good book for those interested in theology.

To use the linguistic analogy, doctrines reflect the grammar and its vocabulary comprises of symbols, concepts, rites, injunctions etc. Wishing to develop an understanding of doctrine that will aid ecumenical discussion, Lindbeck sketches in this book his well-known regulative or rule theory of doctrine. 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.


Put differently, if theology is just language, then does it matter if that language is historically accurate — e. 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 time to digest and re-read portions that were murky to me.

No trivia or quizzes yet. This enables him to discuss both the intra-confessional reconciliation and interreligious dialogue.

The Nature of Doctrine by George A. Lindbeck

Either we’ve been visited or we haven’t. Firstly, the monotheistic principle; Secondly, the principle of historical specificity; Thirdly, Christological maximalism that accords highest possible importance to Jesus that is consistent with the previous principles. Jonathan Malone rated it really liked it Oct 15, To learn theology is not to read some propositions either.