The Nature of Confession
Ours is an age of profound cultural change, in which new categories and alliances are bound to arise. In theology, the liberal strategy has lost support, having degenerated into mere anthropology and succumbed to the political agendas of its proponents. And while the evangelical movement appears to be gaining ground, it is simultaneously suffering an acute identity crisis.
Currently the postliberal (or "Yale school") movement has found a strong resonance in some mainline denominational circles. Its emphasis on the biblical text and Jesus Christ--through which all other reality needs to be construed--may turn out to be the most significant theological realignment in more than a century.
Are we witnessing a paradigm shift? Can evangelicals and postliberals make common confession? Might they even combine forces to reinvigorate the church--its theology and its mission--for a new era? In this groundbreaking book, creative evangelical and postliberal thinkers explore exactly how they agree and disagree along a range of issues, from epistemology and theological method to doctrinal concerns.
Evangelical contributors include such significant theologians as Alister McGrath and Gabriel Fackre. Postliberal contributors include George Lindbeck, a "founding father" of postliberalism, and George Hunsinger, the former student and major interpreter of the late Hans Frei, another "founder" of postliberalism.
In The Nature of Confession we are presented with the beginnings of a robust discussion of real importance to both the academy and the church.
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
1. The Nature of Confession: Evangelicals Postliberals/Timothy R. Phillips Dennis L. Okholm
PART TWO: EVANGELICAL OVERVIEWS CRITIQUES
2. An Evangelical Evaluation of Postliberalism/Alister E. McGrath
3. Theology, Meaning Power: A Conversation with George Lindbeck on Theology the Nature of Christian Difference/Miroslav Volf
PART THREE: REALISM FOUNDATIONALISM
4. Are Postliberals Necessarily Antirealists? Reexamining the Metaphysics of Lindbeck's Postliberal Theology/Jeffrey Hensley
5. How Firm a Foundation: Can Evangelicals Be Nonfoundationalists?/Rodney Clapp
6. The Alleged Incorrigibility of Postliberal Theology: Or, What Babe Ruth George Lindbeck Have in Common/Philip D. Kenneson
7. Relativism, Fideism the Promise of Postliberalism/David K. Clark
PART FOUR: THE BIBLE THE CHURCH
8. Narrative: Evangelical, Postliberal, Ecumenical/Gabriel Fackre
9. What Can Evangelicals Postliberals Learn from Each Other? The Carl Henry-Hans Frei Exchange Reconsidered/George Hunsinger
10. Toward a New Evangelical Paradigm of Biblical Authority/Jonathan R. Wilson
11. Toward a Sensus Fidelium for an Evangelical Church: Postconservatives Postliberals on Reading Scripture/Curtis W. Freeman
PART FIVE: THEOLOGY THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
12. The Contemporary Renewal of Trinitarian Theology: Possibilities of Convergence in the Doctrine of God/Kurt Anders Richardson
13. True Affections: Biblical Narrative Evangelical Spirituality/Henry H. Knight III
14. The Nature of Conversion: How the Rhetoric of Worldview Philosophy Can Betray Evangelicals/Gregory A. Clark
PART SIX: PUTTING THE POSTLIBERAL MODEL TO WORK
15. Atonement the Hermeneutics of Intratextual Social Embodiment/George Lindbeck
16. A Homily/Jill Peláez Baumgaertner
17. A Panel Discussion: Lindbeck, Hunsinger, McGrath Fackre