Reflections on the New York Forum: From Academy to Church

Lindbeck, George. "Reflections on the New York Forum: From Academy to Church," Theological Education 19, no.2 (Spring 1983): 65-70.

Struck by the lack of a common theological language among educators, Lindbeck suggests that seminaries have a problem in discussing basic issues. He also observes a shift toward religious studies departments and away from seminaries in scholarship and authority. There is a crisis in authority among Protestant churches--a lack of consensus on the teaching function of the church. The question is: how can or should theological seminaries be engaged in addressing this crisis? (RG)