136 Reviews / International Journal of Public Th eology 1 (2007) 127–143 Paul J. DeHart, Th e Trial of the Witnesses (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006), pp. xvi + 296, £24.99, ISBN 1-4051-3296-5 (pbk). Th e Trial of the Witnesses is a careful reading of the two theologians most closely associ- ated with the birth of post-liberalism; the Episcopal priest Hans Frei and the Lutheran ecumenist George Lindbeck. Th e book includes two chapters on each theologian, pro- viding renewed engagement with neglected aspects of their thought and central ideas that were partly distorted in the heat of the liberal/post-liberal debate. By deconstruct- ing post-liberalism DeHart sets out to enable a new appropriation of the work of Frei and Lindbeck, rescuing them from a sterile traditionalism on the one hand and post- modern conservatism on the other. Th e book has signiﬁcant value since Frei’s project was left unﬁnished due to his untimely death and is scattered across a range of sources that are diﬃcult to access, while the argument for a cultural-linguistic theory of reli- gion that Lindbeck attempts in Th e Nature of Doctrine is rather compact and com- monly misunderstood. DeHart’s fascinating ﬁrst chapter charts the development
International Journal of Public Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
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