Performing the faith

An interview with George Lindbeck
George Lindbeck is one of the most influential Protestant theologians of recent decades. He taught at Yale from 1955 until his retirement in 1993. He was a Lutheran “delegated observer” at the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), and since that time his work has been a crucial part of ecumenical discussions, especially those between Lutherans and Roman Catholics. His 1984 book, The Nature of Doctrine: Religion and Theology in a Postliberal Age (Westminster), has been enormously influential for its account of the nature of theological language, and it is widely seen as helping to launch the postliberal movement in theology. His 2002 book, The Church in a Postliberal Age (Eerdmans), edited by James Buckley, spells out his vision of an “Israel-like” church, which among other things is a church that rejects the notion that the church has replaced Israel. The Century talked with him about the development of his thought and the phenomenon of postliberalism.


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