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Realist Christian Theology in a Postmodern Age (Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine) Hardcover – June 13, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0521590303 ISBN-10: 0521590302

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  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (June 13, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521590302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521590303
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Patterson cuts new ground in combining traditional Christian theological perspectives on truth and reality with a contemporary philosophical view of the place of language in reality, and asks where language fits in both divine and human reality. She proposes a new model of 'language-ridden' reality and considers its implications.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan M. Platter on April 27, 2012
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In this book, Sue Patterson introduces and evaluates Lindbeck's and Hans Frei's varying post-liberal theologies and assesses the advances and responses since The Nature of Doctrine and Frei's last works. She also introduces the differences between Realism, Post-liberalism, and Liberal Revisionism. Within Realism, she follows Putnam in distinguishing internal and external realism (where external realism views language as a pointer to a non-linguistic reality that is context-free; while internal realism allows for 'metanarratives' - distinguishing it from liberal revisionism - but acknowledges that reality is linguistically-ridden and therefore contextually nuanced).

She then goes on to deal with what I believe is the greatest problem with post-liberalism: it's seeming lack of regard for extra-linguistic reality. She explains that this creates for a difficulty for post-liberal theologians to account for innovations, as the historical truths and doctrinal formulations are normative for proper use. Her entire project could be seen as a corrective to this inadequacy.

She sets about doing this by, first, paying tribute to the philosophical mind that powers the whole cultural-linguistic/post-liberal method: Wittgenstein. The book offers a very helpful exegesis and commentary on Wittgenstein, which is very helpful in navigating Lindbeck and Frei's appropriation.

One of the greatest strengths of this book is that it is clearly a book on theological method, but it does not treat it as an abstract prolegomena built on philosophical foundationalism. Rather, the method itself is thoroughly theological and constructive. She follows Torrance and some of Frei's work in looking at Christ as the truth, therefore calling for theological realism to be incarnational.
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