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By Paul J. DeHart

The much-discussed inspiration of Postliberal theology built from the writings of 2 theologians at Yale college, Hans Frei and George Lindbeck. An research and critique of the much-discussed inspiration of postliberal theology offers an summary of postliberalism and the controversies which resulted Compares the writings of theologians Hans Frei and George Lindbeck, from which postliberal theology constructed, and uncovers very important alterations of their notion Reconceptualizes those thinkers’ contributions to modern theological dialogue released within the prestigious demanding situations in modern Theology sequence.

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26 p o st l i b e ral i sm and it s op p one nt s thing as a normative meaning to a narrative text, if not to others. ” The vulnerability of an account of meaning as contained “in the text itself,” in abstraction from the imaginative acts of interpreters, became painfully clear to him as he delved more deeply into literary theory. 54 They indicate a two-fold determination. Negatively, the contemporary conflict of interpretive theories pointed him to the impossibility of any comprehensive theory of textual meaning and its relation to reference.

An already vigorous trend among biblical scholars of using literary and rhetorical categories in exegesis met up in the early 1970s with some trendsetting works by theologians. Stephen Crites’s much-discussed essay from 1971, “The Narrative Quality of Experience,” might be taken as a convenient starting point. 63 Reflection on the role of narrative in theology had awoken early at Yale; in different ways both H. Richard Niebuhr and Julian Hartt taught the importance of the category of “story,” and Crites witnessed to that.

60 The problem for Lindbeck had now become how to reverse that reversal; the mature Barth, on the reading of him which Lindbeck now absorbed from his colleagues, seemed to show how it might be done. One might suspect that Kelsey cherished some reservations with regard to Lindbeck’s appropriation of his work. 61 But with the formation of the idea of intratextuality Lindbeck’s own reflections on the current scene in theology and what was wrong with it gained momentum. A series of articles and reviews began to appear after the methodology essay in which Lindbeck with increasing confidence identified a dubious intellectual tradition running back to Schleiermacher and still underlying virtually all contemporary mainstream Protestant theology.

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