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What is Theological Interpretation? An Ecclesiological Reduction



This article addresses ‘theological interpretation’, first, by constructing a coherent narrative framework to account for its recent popularity via key players, common practices and a genealogy. Second, by addressing disagreements that remain within this movement via a kind of ‘ecclesiological reduction’, the article's descriptive starting point brings theological implications. In particular, strong parallels surface between the fortunes of theological interpretation and another essentially contested concept –‘postliberal’ theology. Both ‘postliberalism’ and ‘theological interpretation’ have fuzzy boundaries precisely due to their character as trans-denominational forms of scholarly ecumenism through which God may help renew the church's engagement with Scripture in the post-Christian West.

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