Liberalism versus Postliberalism: The Great Divide in Twentieth-Century Theology by John Allan KnightLiberalism versus Postliberalism: The Great Divide in Twentieth-Century Theology by John Allan Knight

Liberalism versus Postliberalism: The Great Divide in Twentieth-Century Theology

byJohn Allan Knight

Hardcover | January 9, 2013

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The divide between liberal and postliberal theology is one of the most important and far-reaching methodological disputes in twentieth-century theology. This split in the understanding of religious language is widely acknowledged, but rigorous philosophical analysis and assessment of thesedivergent understandings is seldom seen. Liberalism versus Postliberalism provides such analyses, using the developments in analytic philosophy of language over the past forty years. The book provides an original analysis of the "theology and falsification" debates of the 1950s and 60s. The debates supply the philosophical lens that bringsinto focus the centrality of the issue of religious language in the methodological dispute between liberal and postliberal theologians in the latter part of the twentieth century. Knight argues that recent philosophical developments reveal serious problems with both positions. His philosophical workclears the ground for a more inclusive method that takes seriously the aspirations of both liberal and postliberal theologians; his book makes an important contribution to contemporary theological method, to the understanding of liberal and postliberal theologies, and to our understanding of therole of analytic philosophy in contemporary theology and religious studies.
John Allan Knight is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Coordinator of the Catholic Studies Program at Marist College. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His essays have appeared in edited volumes and journals such as the Journal of Religion, the Scottish Journal of Theology and the American Journal of Theo...
Title:Liberalism versus Postliberalism: The Great Divide in Twentieth-Century TheologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:January 9, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199969388

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart One: Liberal Theology and the Falsification Challenge1. Liberal Theology in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries2. The Falsification Challenge3. The Liberal Response4. A Purified Liberal TheologyPart Two: Postliberal Theology and Ordinary Language Philosophy5. The Barthian Project in Postliberal Perspective6. Allies for Barth's Heirs: Wittgenstein and Ordinary Language Philosophy7. Earlier Postliberalism: Narrative Theology and Hans Frei's Synthesis of Wittgenstein and Barth8. Part Three: Problems and Prospects Postliberalism II: George Lindbeck and Frei's Later WorkPart Three: Problems and Prospects9. A Tale of Two Dead Ends: The Linguistic Problems of Liberal and Postliberal Theology10. Conclusion: Navigating the Divide Between Liberal and Postliberal TheologyBibliography