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Theological Integrity and the Practice of Truth-Telling

James Fodor

in Christian Hermeneutics

Published in print October 1995 | ISBN: 9780198263494
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682575 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263494.003.0002
Theological Integrity and the Practice of Truth-Telling

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Austin believes that questions about truth can be answered apart from questions of truthfulness and integrity. Discovering what it means for Christian discourse to have integrity is gained by becoming apprenticed in the faith practices of the people called to be in the Church, practices which require the acquisition of skills in following the rules of the various language games constitutive of that life. Learning a language is inherently bound up with learning to tell the truth. Living truthful lives in Christ calls for a certain form of reciprocity, exchange, and joint accountability. This chapter discusses: truth, conversation, and the question of ideology; authority, truthfulness, and ideology; revelation as hermeneutical manifestation; the narrative shape of theological truth; the liturgical discipline or truthful discourse; and the truth of the self-dispossessed in praise, prayer, and contemplation.

Keywords: Austin; truth; truthfulness; integrity; Church; language learning; ideology

Chapter.  13232 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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