The Dogma of History

This essay considers the role of historiography in doctrinal criticism from a hermeneutical perspective and in light of postcolonial and postmodern criticisms. First, historiography is defined using a Gadamerian typology, providing the basis for an analysis of Kenneth Scott Latourette’s well-respect...

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Published in:Religion & theology
Main Author: Beardslee, Michael D.
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: 2017
In:Religion & theology
Year: 2017, Volume: 24, Issue: 3/4, Pages: 295-320
Further subjects:B Doctrine hermeneutics theological method world Christianity doctrinal criticism historiography Kenneth Scott Latourette Hans-Georg Gadamer
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Summary:This essay considers the role of historiography in doctrinal criticism from a hermeneutical perspective and in light of postcolonial and postmodern criticisms. First, historiography is defined using a Gadamerian typology, providing the basis for an analysis of Kenneth Scott Latourette’s well-respected essay on Christian historiography. This reading of Latourette illuminates the dogmatic nature of the prejudices informing Christian historical scholarship. Finally, these insights are applied to doctrinal criticism, arguing that the relationship between doctrine and historiography is dialectical, rather than one element having dominance over the other. It concludes by suggesting a chastened, “two-tiered” approach to doctrinal criticism capable of responding to the charges mentioned and to current trends in global Christianity.
ISSN:1574-3012
Contains:In: Religion & theology
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/15743012-02403006