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American Religious Empiricism
American Religious Empiricism
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William Dean - Author
SUNY Series in Religious Studies
Price: $53.50 
Hardcover - 163 pages
Release Date: July 1986
ISBN10: 0-88706-280-6
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-280-3

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Paperback - 163 pages
Release Date: July 1986
ISBN10: 0-88706-281-4
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-281-0

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Summary

This is a clear and sharply written defense of the thesis that American empirical theology, especially that associated with the Chicago School, is a postmodern movement in the sense advocated by the deconstructionists. Whereas it usually is thought that Protestant neo-orthodoxy brought life back into theology, Dean argues that it was merely a late gasp of the dying transcendental-signified culture.

It shows what unifies the thought, stretching from the idealistic empiricism of Jonathan Edwards, to the pragmatic empiricism of James and Dewey, to the cosmological empiricism of Whitehead, to the socio-historical empiricism of the Chicago School theologians, to the current work of the growing body of process theologians. The book argues that theology needs a new form, one that will make American religious empiricism into a faithful historicism, a continual reinterpretation of the religious past.

“Dean brings together the distinctive American literary traditions with distinctively American theology in a way that is very illuminating.” — John B. Cobb, Jr.

William Dean is Professor of Religion at Gustavas Adolphus College.


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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Context of American Religious Empiricism

1. An Empirical Interpretation: An American Theology

2. An Historicist Interpretation: The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Religious Knowledge

3. A Pragmatic Interpretation: The Tragedy of the Liberals

4. An Aesthetic Interpretation: The Elusive "It"

5. A Formal Interpretation: The Fate of an American Theology

Notes

Index



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