George Lindbeck: Human Being as Language User

Molly C. Haslam

in A Constructive Theology of Intellectual Disability

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780823239405
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823239443 | DOI:
George Lindbeck: Human Being as Language User

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This chapter discusses the anthropological assumptions of George Lindeck's theory of religion and the intellectual disabilities for who language use is not an option. While Lindbeck may find his cultural-linguistic theory of religion better suited to address the problem of doctrinal reconciliation without capitulation, his theory assumes that to be human requires the ability to negotiate linguistic material and that to participate in experience of any kind one must have the capacity to negotiate symbols. Such an assumption leads to the unhappy conclusion that individuals without the ability to negotiate linguistic material are deficiently human.

Keywords: George Lindbeck; intellectual disabilities; cultural-linguistic theory; doctrinal reconciliation

Chapter.  5996 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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