Structured by Story

July 13, 2010

A comprehensive scheme or story used to structure all dimensions of existence is not primarily a set of propositions to be believed, but is rather the medium in which one moves, a set of skills that one employs in living one’s life. Its vocabulary of symbols and its syntax may be used for many purposes, only one of which is the formulation of statements about reality. Thus while a religion’s truth claims are often of the utmost importance to it (as is the case of Christianity), it is, nevertheless, the conceptual vocabulary and syntax or inner logic which determine the kinds of truth claims the religion can make, The cognitive aspect, while often important, is not primary.

George Lindbeck, The Nature of Doctrine: Religion and Theology in a Postliberal Age (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1984), 35.

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