The Anglo-American paradigm : lost and found in current Theology

17 Feb 2012

The main Western paradigm involves: 1) dichotomous thinking, 2) valuing abstraction and 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 many 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.