Postliberal Theology (Guides For The Perplexed Series)
Postliberal theology is a movement in contemporary theology that rejects both the Enlightenment appeal to a 'universal rationality' and the liberal assumption of an immediate religious experience common to all humanity. The movement initially began in the 1980's with its...
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Postliberal theology is a movement in contemporary theology that rejects both the Enlightenment appeal to a 'universal rationality' and the liberal assumption of an immediate religious experience common to all humanity. The movement initially began in the 1980's with its association to Yale Divinity School. Theologians such as Hans Frei, Paul Holmer, David Kelsey, and George Lindbeck were influential and were significantly influenced by theologians such as Karl Barth, Clifford Geertz, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Postliberalism uses a narrative approach to theology, such as developed by Hans Frei, and argues that all thought and experience is historically and socially mediated.Michener provide the reader with an accessible introductory overview of the origins, current thought, potential problems, and future possibilities of postliberal theology. The basic philosphical and theological background are be briefly discussed, along with the seminal and predominant theologians identified with the movement. Michener shows how postliberalism emerges from the context of the postmodern critique of Enlightenment rationalism and empiricism. Postliberal theology is extremely critical of classical liberal theology, rather than an advancement of its agenda.
Ronald T. Michener (Dr.Theol., Facult Universitaire de Thologie Protestante de Bruxelles, Belgium) is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Chair of the Department of Systematic Theology at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven. He is the author of Engaging Deconstructive Theology (Ashgate Publishing, 2007) and co-author with his colleague Prof. Patrick Nullens of The Matrix of Christian Ethics: Integrating Philosophy and Theology in a Post-modern Context
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- I. Introduction: What Is Postliberal Theology?; A. Philosophical Background: Ludwig Wittgenstein, Alistair Mcintyre, Clifford Geertz (anthropology); B. Theological Background: Karl Barth; Ii. Theological Exponents; A. Yale School: George Lindbeck, Hans Frei, David Kelsey; B. Stanley Hauerwas; C. Other Voices: Ronald Theimann, William Placher, Kathryn Turner, Garrett Green, George Hunsinger, Peter Ochs (jewish Perspective); Iii. Problems And Criticisms Of Postliberalism; A. The Question Of Truth Bruce Marshall: Trinity And Truth; B. Religious Diversity And Tolerance; Iv. Prospects And Proposals For Postliberal Theology Today.