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Toward a Generous OrthodoxyProspects for Hans Frei's Postliberal Theology$
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Jason A. Springs

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395044

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395044.001.0001

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Between Barth and Wittgenstein

Between Barth and Wittgenstein

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Toward a Generous Orthodoxy

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This chapter explicates this trajectory of Frei's thinking over the course of his career. It challenges the prevailing belief that Frei's theology divides neatly into two distinct periods-the earlier characterized by Frei's attention to an essential meaning in the scriptural text, and the later by his turn to a cultural-linguistic framework largely under the influence of his colleague at Yale George Lindbeck. This chapter makes the case that what came to be identified as "cultural-linguistic" insights in light of Lindbeck's work are, in fact, evident in Frei's writings of the 1960s. At the same time, his later writing does not forgo textual constraints exerted by Scripture, thereby collapsing textual meaning into textual use.

Keywords:   cultural-linguistic, Gilbert Ryle, Clifford Geertz, the linguistic turn, the ghost in the machine, meaning as use

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