argues that in their different ways Schleiermacher (liberal Protestant thought), Barth (neoorthodoxy
), Lindbeck (postliberal), and Gutierrez (liberation theology) are blind to the insight that truth is larger than one's own tradition.
With a solid theology generally oriented toward neoorthodoxy
, she welcomed truth from any quarter." (18)
This pattern determines Taylor's narrative of late twentieth-century religion as well, where liberalism (immanence) gave way to neoorthodoxy
(transcendence), which was negated by the death-of-God theology in the 1960s.
In the post-World War II era of domestic reconciliation to atomic weapons, decolonization, Soviet hegemony, and a new American globalism, the United States reembraced theology to such an extent that neoorthodoxy
permeated the life and culture of America in what prominent theologian and author Will Herberg termed as the new "American Way of Life." (7) Writing in U.S.
Miller, a hard-drinking atheist who relished the stark realism of Reinhold Niebuhr's neoorthodoxy
, enjoyed turning the tables on Holmes, Wasson, and company--on all those liberals who had so happily made the unusable Edwards so use ful for their own self-congratulation.
That is his convincing demonstration of the inexhaustible resilience of the self within modern theology -- both those types that explicitly exalt its role (e.g., Tillich's "ultimate concern," pietism's "personal salvation," the pop religion of "feel good" fulfillment) and those that try to suppress it in order to glorify God (e.g., neoorthodoxy
, traditional orthodoxy, Catholicism).
The final development of special importance was theological neoorthodoxy
, which emerged as a critique of the tendency of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century theological liberalism to accommodate religious doctrine to the findings of the empirical sciences.
Hobbs affirmed the vast majority of seminary professors as people "worthy of our trust and understanding," but declared that a few Southern Baptist theologians had embraced, neoorthodoxy
, a halfway point between liberalism and conservatism, and had made attempts to adjust the Southern Baptist faith to its position.
Although Clooney locates his comparative theology within a confessional Roman Catholic tradition, his superimposition of the Bible upon other texts owes much to Lindbeck's adaptations of one influential twentieth-century strain within the theologies of revelation, namely Karl Barth's Protestant neoorthodoxy
. Clooney is correct in stating that the Bible is a privileged and particular understanding of Christian salvation, but is it the only language that is privileged to this extent?