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The Anglo-American Paradigm: Lost and Found in Current Theology

Jerome A. Stone
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 52, No 2/3 | a1520 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v52i2/3.1520 | © 1996 Jerome A. Stone | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 December 1996 | Published: 12 December 1996

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Jerome A. Stone, WIlliam Rainey Harper College, Dlinois, United States

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Abstract

The main Western paradigm involves: 1) dichotomous thinking, 2) valuing abstraction qnd stability, 3) the quest for certainty, 4) search for foundations and proper method, and 5) a precise language. Postmodernism often favors the mirror images of these five. There is a third approach in marry Anglo-American writers which involves neither alternatives. This article analyzes four contemporary theologians, two of whom, Mark C Taylor and George Lindbeck, are rooted in the newer tradition and two, Phil Hefner and Delwin Brown, in the Anglo-American. This essay may be considered a plea to avoid the traditional-postmodern dichotomy.

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