“Christ Called Himself Truth, Not Custom”

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

“Christ Called Himself Truth, Not Custom”

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Chapter 8 employs insights from the work of pragmatist philosophers Wilfrid Sellars, Robert Brandom, Jeffrey Stout, and speech-act theory to further clarify, enrich, and expand Frei’s account of literal reading and the plain sense of scripture. It aims to identify and sort out the several delicately interwoven strands of normative constraint in scriptural practices which easily become tangled in Frei’s latest writings. Such tangles obscure the nuances of his claims and invite charges that Frei, for instance, merely offers cultural-linguistic correction of his earlier claims about realistic narrative, and that what inevitably ensues is a textual “warranted assertability” that collapses meaning into the community of readers’ uses of the text.

Keywords: pragmatism; Wilfrid Sellars; Robert Brandom; Jeffrey Stout; speech-act theory

Chapter.  8202 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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