Pictures of Doctrine

Pictures of Doctrine A picture held us captive. (Wittgenstein, PI §115) Doctrines as Propositions A. Unrestricted. Thesis: Doctrines explain reality. Doctrinal supply should meet explanatory demand. Advocate: Alister McGrath Within the context of a scientific theology, the Christian network of doctrines is conceived as a response to revelation, in the belief that such doctrines will possess explanatory potential. [136] The […]

Against pre-theological prolegomena

On complicating the relationship between objects and methods of reflection 1. Ludwig Wittgenstein 318. […] there is no sharp boundary between methodological propositions and propositions within a method. from On Certainty 2. John Webster Determining the possibility, nature, and responsibilities of theology requires appeal to material theological doctrine. Indeed, prolegomena to systematic theology is an extension and application […]

Kerr on Ernst and McCabe as readers of Wittgenstein

Fergus Kerr on Cornelius Ernst and Herbert McCabe as readers of Wittgenstein How, as theologians, did Cornelius Ernst and Herbert McCabe read Wittgenstein’s Investigations? Neither held the standard view that the Investigations is intended as a contribution to something  called “philosophy of language.” That (Ernst would have thought) is [a] kind of “trivialization” of Wittgenstein … . […]