Speaking of God: Theology, Language, and Truth   -     By: D. Stephen Long
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Speaking of God: Theology, Language, and Truth

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2009 / Paperback

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Gathering divergent voices into one conversation, Long surveys the current theological scene with respect to issues of language and truth. Engaging contemporary theologians and philosophers (Milbank, Kerr, Hauerwas), the legacy of Barth and Von Balthasar, and the analytic tradition from Wittgenstein to Davidson, he proposes a way beyond fragmentation that values truth and context in theological dialogue. 352 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 080284572X
ISBN-13: 9780802845726
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 05/16/15.
Series: Eerdmans Ekklesia

Author Bio

D. Stephen Long is professor of systematic theology at Marquette University. His other books include Living the Discipline, The Goodness of God, and Calculated Futures: Theology, Economics, and Ethics.

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Theology seems to be moving in two diverging directions, either historicism or a return to metaphysics via neoscholasticism. D. Stephen Long here proposes a way beyond this divergence, showing how we can instead appropriate both for a more truthful theological conversation.

Long leaves no one behind in his quest for this truth. He delves into the experience of those influenced by the ‘linguistic turn’ in theology — Hauerwas, the Yale School, some barthians — and into the recent efforts to bring a robust metaphysics back into partnership with theology — evidenced by John Milbank and radical orthodoxy. Long addresses questions of truth by examining their relationship to theology and their political significance. He further offers a compelling argument that the doctrine of the incarnation provides the means to address the relationship among truth, theological language, and politics.

Long’s attempt to extend the theological discussion beyond its current limitations is rooted in his hope that readers will become convinced that truth is as important as context for theology. Speaking of God is a significant study for all who wish to navigate today’s world of fragmented truth.

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