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5.0 out of 5 stars Key book for dealing with the nature of doctrine & religion, 10 Sept. 1996
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This review is from: The Nature of Doctrine: Religion and Theology in a Postliberal Age (Paperback)
Lindbeck begins this important work by presenting three
approaches to understanding the nature of religion which
in turn are accompanied by three understandings of what
doctrine is. The first he calls the cognitive, the view that
religion is mostly concerned with knowledge and beliefs. It
is understood in comparison with science. Doctrine, on such
an understanding. consists of informative propositions. A second
model is the Experiential Expressive. Personal consciousness
and feeling are central here. Doctrine in this conception
consists of symbolizations of inner states of mind and feeling.
The third model, and the one Lindbeck finds most helpful, he
calls the cultural linguistic. Using this model, doctrines
are seen as analogous to grammatical rules.

Lindbeck's position is motivated, first (and from a personal
perspective) by his long time ecumenical interests. A cognitive
view of religion and doctrine makes doctrinal change (needed
in some form for ecumenism to work) hard to conceive, while
an EE approach tends to minimize all distinctions between
groups, short-circuiting the dialogue. The second major influence
on Linbeck is postmodern philosophy of language, Wittgenstein
and Austin in particular. Lindbeck's use of these two, especially
of Austin, seems superficial. Austin is famous for his
discussion of the performative dimension of language. Lindbeck
seems to have read only the first few chapters of How to Do Things
With Words - never reaching the point where Austin rejects
a hard division between performatives and conatives (descriptive
or truth claiming).

In spite of its philosophical weaknesses, this is a book that
must be reckoned with by all who would write in the field.
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