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Transforming Postliberal Theology: George Lindbeck, Pragmatism and Scripture

C. C. Pecknold

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Paperback. 182 pages. Dimensions: 8.4in. x 5.3in. x 0.6in.In Transforming Postliberal Theology, C. C. Pecknold reorients postliberalism for a new generation. Responding to George Lindbecks seminal proposal for postliberalism in The Nature of Doctrine: Religion and Theology in a Postliberal Age (1984), and occasioned by new studies in the religious roots of pragmatic philosophy, Pecknold argues that postliberalism represents a new pragmatism that rediscovers its theological and semiotic roots in Scripture. Testing this hypothesis, he assesses the book Lindbeck wrote (and the books critics sometimes misread) to ask if there are good, immanent reasons for long-standing criticisms to remain. He then proposes that problems that readers may have with postliberalism can be resolved through deeper engagements with Lindbecks pragmatism, through a greateropenness tometaphysics and questions of mediation, and especially through areturn to scripture and traditionthat is mediated bythe traditional patristic hermeneutic of St. Augustine of Hippo. In doingso, the author aims to treat problems of relativism and sectarianism that have long troubled postliberal theologies. The book concludes withtheo-political questions abouthow the church understands itself as Israel (a key concern of Lindbeck), and displays how postliberal theologies can enable deeper engagements with scripture and tradition, howthe Christian faith relates toother scriptural faiths, and pressing public issues. Those who recognize the centrality of both scripture and traditionfor the reformation of thought and action in the church and in the world will discover in Transforming Postliberal Theology a theological vision for the future of postliberal theology. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780567030344

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Synopsis: In Transforming Postliberal Theology, C.C. Pecknold reorients postliberalism for a new generation.

Responding to George Lindbeck's seminal proposal for postliberalism in The Nature of Doctrine: Religion and Theology in a Postliberal Age (1984), and occasioned by new studies in the religious roots of pragmatic philosophy, Pecknold argues that postliberalism represents "a new pragmatism" that rediscovers its theological and semiotic roots in Scripture. Testing this hypothesis, he assesses the book Lindbeck wrote (and the books critics sometimes misread) to ask if there are good, immanent reasons for long-standing criticisms to remain. He then proposes that problems that readers may have with postliberalism can be resolved through deeper engagements with Lindbeck's pragmatism, through a greater openness to metaphysics and questions of mediation, and especially through a return to scripture and tradition that is mediated by the traditional patristic hermeneutic of St. Augustine of Hippo. In doing so, the author aims to treat problems of relativism and sectarianism that have long troubled postliberal theologies.
 
The book concludes with theo-political questions about how the church understands itself as Israel (a key concern of Lindbeck), and displays how postliberal theologies can enable deeper engagements with scripture and tradition, how the Christian faith relates to other scriptural faiths, and pressing public issues. Those who recognize the centrality of both scripture and tradition for the reformation of thought and action in the church and in the world will discover in Transforming Postliberal Theology a theological vision for the future of postliberal theology.

From the Publisher: Advance Praise for _Transforming Postliberal Theology_:

'Pecknold's remarkable work should be required reading for all who are influenced by or interested in the postliberal turn." Peter Ochs, University of Virginia

'Pecknold offers a rich, perceptive discussion of George Lindbeck and the debates surrounding his thought ... The result is a strong, convincing proposal for a "scriptural pragmatism" that can engage deeply with scripture, tradition, the church, other scriptural faiths, and pressing public issues.' Davd F. Ford, University of Cambridge

'A fresh and persuasive approach to the controversies generated by "postliberal" theological projects ... an original and important contribution to current theology.' David H. Kelsey, Yale Divinity School

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