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Toward a Generous OrthodoxyProspects for Hans Frei's Postliberal Theology$
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Jason A. Springs

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395044

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395044.001.0001

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"Christ Called Himself Truth, Not Custom"

"Christ Called Himself Truth, Not Custom"

(p.167) 8 "Christ Called Himself Truth, Not Custom"
Toward a Generous Orthodoxy

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Chapter 8 employs insights from the work of pragmatist philosophers Wilfrid Sellars, Robert Brandom, Jeffrey Stout, and speech-act theory to further clarify, enrich, and expand Frei's account of literal reading and the plain sense of scripture. It aims to identify and sort out the several delicately interwoven strands of normative constraint in scriptural practices which easily become tangled in Frei's latest writings. Such tangles obscure the nuances of his claims and invite charges that Frei, for instance, merely offers cultural-linguistic correction of his earlier claims about realistic narrative, and that what inevitably ensues is a textual "warranted assertability" that collapses meaning into the community of readers' uses of the text.

Keywords:   pragmatism, Wilfrid Sellars, Robert Brandom, Jeffrey Stout, speech-act theory

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