The Trial of the Witnesses

The Trial of the Witnesses 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Public Theology Brill

The Trial of the Witnesses

International Journal of Public Theology, Volume 1 (1): 136 – Jan 1, 2007

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Brill
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© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1872-5171
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1569-7320
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10.1163/156973207X194583
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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

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