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Lord, Giver of Life

Toward a Pneumatological Complement to George Lindbeck’s Theory of Doctrine

By Jane Barter Moulaison
Subjects Religion
Series Editions SR Hide Details
Hardcover : 9780889205017, 180 pages, December 2006
Ebook (PDF) : 9781554580699, 180 pages, December 2006

Table of contents

Table of Contents for Lord and Giver of Life: Toward a Pneumatological Complement to George Lindbeck’s Theory of Doctrine by Jane Barter Moulaison
I The Spirit Who Saves: Pneumatological Efficacy as the Fourth Regulative Principle
Three Regulative Principles—and a Fourth
Development of an Argument
Methods and Sources
II The Spirit of Language: Pneumatology and Theological Discourse
The Picture of Theological Language That Holds Us Captive
Overcoming Modern Epistemologies: A Theological Rationale
How Are Doctrines Justified?
III The Spirit of Truth: Pneumatology and the Apologetical Task
Assessing Religious Truth
Assessing Lindbeck’s Account of the Holy Spirit
McGrath’s Critique of Lindbeck
Ad Hoc Apologetics
A Soteriological Epistemology
IV The Spirit’s Address: Toward a Pneumatological Intratextual Theology
Intratextual Theology and the Gospel’s “Untranslatability”
Apophaticism and Pneumatology
V Life in the Spirit: The Church’s Practices and Mission
George Lindbeck’s People-of-God Ecclesiology
A Pneumatological Corrective? Reinhard Hütter’s Proposal
The Holy Spirit and the Church’s Mission: A Patristic Alternative
VI Staying with Us: The Spirit Between Culture and Kingdom, Language and Word
Aspects of a Conversation
More Than Two Men and a Bird: A Pneumatological Complement to the Cultural-Linguistic Model


George Lindbeck once characterized postliberalism, which received its initial structure from his book The Nature of Doctrine, as an attempt to recover pre-modern scriptural interpretation in contemporary form. In Lord, Giver of Life: Toward a Pneumatological Complement to George Lindbeck’s Theory of Doctrine, Jane Barter Moulaison explores the success of that effort through a close examination of Lindbeck’s own theological contributions. Taking seriously the ecumenical promises of Lindbeck’s writing (he was instrumental in advancing Lutheran and Roman Catholic dialogue throughout the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s), this book brings Lindbeck’s famous cultural-linguistic model of religion into dialogue with Christianity’s theological forbearers: specifically, the Eastern progenitors of orthodox confession.
This constellation of theological voices—Lindbeck, his supporters and detractors, along with patristic theologians—is meant not only to test the viability of a religious model but, more importantly, to advance Lindbeck’s project in ways that have not yet been pursued. Among the critical questions engaged are: to what degree can the excesses of modern theology be overcome by a return to premodern sources? What are the implications of a constructive pneumatology to the cultural-linguistic model? Does this complement address the critiques of postliberalism, particularly those that consider the role of human agency, rationality, and autonomy?
While Lindbeck recovers significant and forgotten elements of pre-modern biblical interpretation, the very formalism of his project sometimes obscures the theological underpinnings of premodern insights and practices. Through specific attention to Eastern Trinitarian theologies of the fourth century, this book exposes a rather persistent oversight within Lindbeck’s recovery: namely, that alongside the regulative function of canon and doctrine, early biblical interpretation recognizes the role of the Holy Spirit in the appropriation of scripture, in the mission of the church, and in the defence of the gospel within the context of an unbelieving world. This book attends to these insights from the early churchs doctrine of the Holy Spirit in appreciative service to the cultural-linguistic model of religion.


Professor Jane Barter Moulaison of the University of Winnipeg has written a very fine book on the theological significance of George Lindbeck's contribution to contemporary ecumenical and theological discourse.... Professor Moulaison is to be applauded for her careful exposition, analysis and proposed modifications to Lindbeck's cultural-linguistic model. What makes her constructive work so interesting is its thoroughly theological character. Through sophisticated exegesis of the Eastern trinitarian fathers she reminds contemporary theology of the work peculiar to the person of the Spirit in the divine economy as the One.... This text will be of great interest and value not only to those who are concerned to articulate a doctrine of the church that remains grounded in Christ the Centre and the Spirit whom he sends, but also for those who are concerned with ecumenical dialogue and the formulation of a view of doctrine that will fund a truly ecumenical dogmatics.

- Christopher R.J. Holmes, Providence Theological Seminary, Studies in Religion, 37/1, 2008, 2008 June