Table of contents for The hermeneutics of doctrine / Anthony C. Thiselton.

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acknowledgments xi
abbreviations xiii
introduction: From Abstract Theory to
Life-Related Hermeneutics xv
abbreviations xxii
1. From Free-Floating "Problems" to Hermeneutical
Questions from Life 3
1.1. Gadamer's Contrast between "Problems" and
"Questions That Arise" 3
1.2. Christian Confessions and Their Life-Contexts:
From the New Testament to the End of the Second Century 8
2. Dispositional Accounts of Belief 19
2.1. Mental States and Dispositional Belief in Wittgenstein,
and Belief in First John 19
2.2. Dispositional Accounts of Belief in H. H. Price,
and "Half-belief" in Jonah 27
2.3. From the New Testament to Patristic Doctrine:
Continuities of Dispositional Responses 34
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3. Forms of Life, Embodiment, and Place 43
3.1. Communal Confessions in Israel's Life and
Embodiment in the Biblical Writings 43
3.2. Embodiment in Christian Traditions,
Disembodiment, and Place 50
3.3. "Life" and "Forms of Life" in Hermeneutics:
Dilthey, Apel, and Wittgenstein 55
4. The Hermeneutics of Doctrine as a Hermeneutic
of Temporal and Communal Narrative 62
4.1. Time, Temporality, and Narrative: The Living God 62
4.2. Christian Doctrine as Dramatic Narrative:
Hans Urs von Balthasar 68
4.3. Doctrine as Drama in Kevin Vanhoozer's
Canonical-Linguistic Approach 73
5. Formation, Education, and Training in Hermeneutics and in Doctrine 81
5.1. Formation, Education, and Training in
Gadamer, Ricoeur, and Betti 81
5.2. Training and Application in Wittgenstein;
Training and Performance in Wells 88
5.3. More on Education in Wittgenstein and Gadamer
and Its Relevance to Doctrine 91
6. Formation through a Hermeneutic of Alterity and Provocation 98
6.1. Formation through Encounter with the Other:
Jauss on Reception and Provocation 98
6.2. Formation, Hermeneutics, and Public Discourse in Doctrine:
Tracy and the Classic 104
6.3. More Explicit Language on Doctrine as Formative:
Evaluation and Critique 109
7. Dialectic in Hermeneutics and Doctrine: Coherence and Polyphony 119
7.1. Coherence and Contingency: A Possible Source of Tension? 119
7.2. Does a Communal, Contingent, Hermeneutical Approach
Exclude Epistemology? 126
7.3. Different Understandings of Dialectic, Systems,
Polyphony, and Canon: Bakhtin 134
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8. Can Doctrine as "Science" Remain Hermeneutical
and Promote Formation? 145
8.1. Science, Theological Science, and Hermeneutical Formation
in T. F. Torrance 145
8.2. Coherence, Cognition, Formation, and Hermeneutics
in Bernard Lonergan 150
8.3. Coherence, System, and Scientific Criteria of Truth:
Pannenberg 156
8.4. Proposals regarding Research Programs in the Sciences:
Lakatos and Murphy 162
9. Varied Horizons of Understanding for the Hermeneutics
of Being Human 177
9.1. Horizons of Understanding:
First Example, the Hermeneutics of Relationality 177
9.2. Horizons of Understanding:
Second Example, a Hermeneutic of Communal Framework 185
9.3. Horizons of Understanding:
Third Example, a Hermeneutic of the Human Condition 192
10. Creation as a Horizon of Understanding
for Interpreting the Human Condition 198
10.1. Creation as a Horizon of Understanding
in the Biblical Traditions 198
10.2. Creation as a Horizon for Understanding
the Human Condition from Irenaeus to Barth 207
10.3. Creation in Recent "Hermeneutical" Theologies:
Moltmann and Pannenberg 214
11. Being Human: Image of God, Relationality with Others,
and Bodily and Temporal Life 223
11.1. Image of God as a Horizon of Understanding
for Interpreting the Human Condition:
Wisdom and Responsibility for the World 223
11.2. Image of God: The Capacity for Relationship
with God and with Fellow Humans as "Other" 231
11.3. Christ as the Image of God and the Gift of
Embodied Human Life 240
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11.4. Emotion, Sexuality, and Other Gifts
That Raise the Stakes for Living 247
12. The Hermeneutics of Misdirected Desire: The Nature of Human Sin 257
12.1. Horizons That Generate a Preunderstanding
of the Multiform Nature of Sin 257
12.2. Multiform Understandings of Sin in the
Old and New Testaments 265
12.3. Varying Horizons for Understandings of Human Sin
from Irenaeus to Calvin 273
13. Toward a Hermeneutic of the Fall and Collective Sin 283
13.1. A Hermeneutic of Biblical Texts Traditionally Interpreted as
Theologies of the Fall 283
13.2. The Fall and an Original State? Patristic Thought
and Reformation Theology 288
13.3. The Hermeneutics of Sin in Modern Thought
from Schleiermacher to Niebuhr 293
13.4. The Hermeneutics of Sin in Modern Thought
from Feminist Writers to Pannenberg 303
14. Hermeneutics and Linguistic Currencies of Theologies of the Cross 309
14.1. Starting Points for Hermeneutics:
Two Kinds of Horizons of Understanding 309
14.2. Hard Currencies of Biblical Language:
Redemption and Salvation 320
14.3. Other Effective Hard Currencies:
Reconciliation, Mediation, and Approach 325
14.4. Multiple Concepts and Images in the New Testament
as Models and Qualifiers 331
15. Interpreting Biblical Material:
The Hermeneutics of the Work of Christ 337
15.1. Horizons of Understanding and Logical Grammar:
Representation, Participation, Identification, and Substitution 337
15.2. Horizons of Understanding and Logical Grammar:
Expiation and Propitiation 341
15.3. Being "in Christ": The Hermeneutics of Justification
by Grace through Faith 347
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16. Hermeneutical Factors in the History of the Doctrine
of the Atonement 355
16.1. The Special Significance of the Apostolic Fathers
and Early Apologists 355
16.2. The Hermeneutical Issues Raised by Anselm's Approach 360
16.3. From Abelard to the Reformers and Aulén:
Further Issues and Horizons 366
17. Hermeneutical Approaches to Christology 376
17.1. "Jesus is Lord": Existential Hermeneutic and/or
Ontological Truth-Claims? 376
17.2. God and Man: Modern Debates, and a Dual Background
in the Old Testament and Judaism 383
17.3. Jesus, God and Man: The Distinctive Contribution
of the Epistle to the Hebrews 391
17.4. The Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith:
A Failed Debate within Reductionist Horizons 395
17.5. Broader Hermeneutical Horizons: The Third Quest
and Wolfhart Pannenberg 407
18. The Holy Spirit: Scripture, History, Experience, and Hermeneutics 414
18.1. Horizons Shaped by the Beyond Within,
Extended by Christology and Eschatology 414
18.2. The Spirit's Formation of Christ: Personhood,
Community, Gifts, Holiness 422
18.3. The Deity of the Holy Spirit: The Church Fathers
and a Trinitarian Horizon 429
18.4. Pentecostal Gifts Then and Now: Issues of History
and Hermeneutics 436
18.5. Exegesis and Hermeneutics of Speaking in
Tongues and Prophetic Speech 444
19. The Hermeneutics of the Doctrine of God as Trinity 451
19.1. Hermeneutical Starting Points: The Relevance
and Ambiguity of Experience 451
19.2. Hermeneutical Starting Points: The New Testament
Narrative of Trinitarian Co-Agency 456
19.3. Hermeneutical Supplements and Byways:
God Who Is One Revealed in Action 460
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19.4. The Hermeneutics of Divine Transcendence:
Grace and Holy Love 469
20. The Church and Ministry in Hermeneutical Perspective 479
20.1. Hermeneutical Horizons: Corporate, Communal,
Theological-and-Institutional, and Doxological 479
20.2. Contributions of "Models" of the Church:
More on the Theological and Institutional 488
20.3. The Marks of the Church and the Ministry of the Church:
Apostleship 499
21. The Hermeneutics of Word and Sacraments:
Baptism and the Lord's Supper or the Eucharist 509
21.1. Five Questions for Hermeneutics about Understanding
the Sacraments 509
21.2. Hermeneutics and the Word of God, and Issues
about Word and Sacrament 515
21.3. Hermeneutical Issues about the Lord's Supper or Eucharist:
Biblical and Historical Traditions 524
21.4. Baptism: The Problem of Diverse Pre-Understandings
and Interpretations 536
22. Eschatology: The Ultimate and Definitive Hermeneutical
Horizonof Meaning 541
22.1. Four Hermeneutical Starting Points:
Promise, Community, New Creation, Apocalyptic 541
22.2. Three Further Hermeneutical Horizons:
Hope, the Grammar of Expectation, and Time:
The "Imminence" of the Parousia 546
22.3. The Hermeneutics of Language about the Resurrection:
The Resurrection Mode of Existence 554
22.4. Controversial Interpretations of the Parousia
and of the Last Judgment 565
22.5. The Transformation of Time, and Symbols of Sharing
in Promised Glory 574
bibliography 582
indexes 614

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Hermeneutics -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.