Theology: Linguistic Analysis: A Way For Some to Affirm Their Faith

In the Middle Ages, philosophy was dubbed the handmaiden of theology. The servant rebelled during the 17th century, and most of the time since then, the two disciplines have gone their separate, sometimes hostile ways. But during this century, philosophy and theology have been groping toward a new and nonsubservient dialogue. The German disciples of Biblical Theologian Rudolf Bultmann found in existentialism a way to rephrase the eternal Christian message. In Britain and the U.S., other theologians are enthusiastically exploring a different direction—applying the philosophic method known as linguistic analysis to...

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