Lindbeck After Wittgenstein?

Posted by on February 6, 2007 at 2:35 am.

Over at the Church and Postmodern Culture blog, I’ve posted an excerpt from a paper I wrote last semester that attempted to tease out some of the things I mentioned in my previous post on Lindbeck, Burrell, and Hauerwas. Namely, that Lindbeck’s The Nature of Doctrine and his subsequent use of Wittgenstein cannot be rightly conceived apart from his life’s work on Christian unity. It was fun to hear at the conference that Lindbeck affirmed that the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification as well as much of his other work is very much in the form of Thomas’ quaestionis in his Summa. While I don’t dig into this in a tit-for-tat manner concerning that form, I think even cursory looks at his work exemplify this, and this is where I, taking pastor John Wright’s lead, would emphasis the ‘Thomist’ in Lindbeck’s self-described “Wittgensteinian-Thomism.”

But heck, what do I know apart from my community, so if you feel so inclined, go over to C&P and drop me a comment with criticisms, suggestions, comments, or any insights y’all think I might be missing. It’s a bit long (for casual blog reading), and it’s also only an excerpt of three major sections from the paper (thus even longer), so if you’re interested and don’t mind the fuller treatment, I’ve also posted the full thing over there. Danke Schön.