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

John Allan Knight

Anno: 2012
Rilegatura: Hardback
Pagine: 336 p.
Testo in English
Dimensioni: 240 x 162 mm
Peso: 574 gr.
  • EAN: 9780199969388
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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 these divergent 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 brings into 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 work clears 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 the role of analytic philosophy in contemporary theology and religious studies.