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Lindbeck, George (b. 1923)

  1. Bruce Riley Ashford

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0807

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Ashford, B. R. 2011. Lindbeck, George (b. 1923). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


American Lutheran theologian and professor of Historical Theology at Yale, George Lindbeck was a delegated observer at the Second Vatican Council, was prominent in ecumenical circles for almost 40 years, and is the patriarch of postliberal theology. With the publication of The Nature of Doctrine: Religion and Doctrine in a Postliberal Age in 1984, he rose to prominence as a shaper of late 20th century theology. This book, as well as his other books and articles, arise from and are driven by his involvement in ecumenical dialogue.


  • Lindbeck, George (b. 1923);
  • the nature of doctrine, postliberal program;
  • experiential expressivist (liberal) theologians;
  • Lindbeck's postliberal program