Conclusion

Although Frei, Lindbeck, and the "Yale School" gave strong impetus to postliberal theology, postliberal theology involves far more than the Yale School. It includes not only perhaps the two greatest theologians of the twentieth century (Barth and von Balthasar) and at least one great missiolo-gist (Newbigin), but also a number of promising younger theologians whose work is just starting to bear fruit. They can be recognized by a common set of goals, interests and commitments, especially their ecumenical interests and their desire to move beyond modernity's liberal/evangelical impasse. As made newly possible in our culture by the rise of nonfoundationalism, they have begun to rethink old questions like the truth of theological language, interdisciplinary relations, and religious pluralism. They are the tribe Lindbeck hopes will increase.

Further reading

Frei, Hans W., Types of Christian Theology (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992). Griffiths, Paul J., "The Properly Christian Response to Religious Plurality," Anglican

Theological Review 79 (1997), 3-26. Lindbeck, George, The Nature of Doctrine: Religion and Theology in a Postliberal Age

(Philadelphia: Westminster, 1985). Marshall, Bruce D., Trinity and Truth (Cambridge University Press, 2000). Van Deusen Hunsmger, Deborah, Theology and Pastoral Counseling (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995).

Watson, Francis, Text, Church and World (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1994).

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