Theology After Neo-Pragmatism

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This book develops the thesis that Evangelical theology not only cannot afford to avoid engaging with the philosophy of neo-Pragmatism, but it also can benefit from the proposals of some of its leading exponents, especially Donald Davidson. Three different themes run throughout the book: meaning, epistemic justification, and ontology. The surprising thought of Davidson offers resources for Evangelical theology seeking hopeful answers the troubling questions raised regarding these themes.Theology After Neo-Pragmatism is both an introduction to an influential philosophical trend and a critical and constructive theological proposal that is at once scriptural and historicist, pragmatic and realist. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: This book develops the thesis that Evangelical theology not only cannot afford to avoid engaging with the philosophy of neo-pragmatism, but it can also benefit from the proposals of some of its leading exponents, especially Donald Davidson. Three different themes run throughout the book: meaning epistemic justification, and ontology. How can theologians be confident of the meanings ascribed to religious beliefs in the wake of the dissolution of the very concept of meaning and of the analytic-synthetic distinction? Is there any rational fraction between our beliefs, religious or mundane, and some extra-linguistic reality? Is God something more than simply a symbolic construct associated with a certain manner of speaking? The surprising thought of Donald Davidson offers resources for Evangelical theology seeking hopeful answers to these troubling questions. Davidson's rejection of the so-called 'third dogma' of empiricism, namely the dualism of scheme of content, should be welcomed by those defending theological 'rationality' and refuting relativism and incommensurability. Furthermore, his truth-conditional semantics can serve as a check against revisionist accounts of religious beliefs that flaunt the first-person point of view of the religious believer herself. These Davidsonian contributions to an Evangelical theology are, however, balanced by inherent inadequacies which require a theological supplement, which is also a creative proposal calling for: the continued significance of experience in theology beyond the myth of the Given; an understanding of the role of Scripture as both epistemic as well as dispositional; and finally an understanding of the nature of truth as located in the mind of God. Theology After Neo-Pragmatism is both an introduction to an influential philosophical trend, and a critical and constructive theological proposal which is at once scriptural and historicist, pragmatic and realist.

About the Author: Dr. Adonis Vidu (Ph.D., University of Nottingham) is Associate Professor of Theology of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Hamilton campus). He has written Postliberal Theological Method, Aspects of God and the World : A New Philosophical Theology and Theology After Neo-Pragmatism and is currently writing on metaphors for the atonement.

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