Between Barth and Wittgenstein

Jason A. Springs

in Toward a Generous Orthodoxy

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395044
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866243 | DOI:

Series: AAR Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion Series

Between Barth and Wittgenstein

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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

Chapter.  9949 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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