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On the affective salience of doctrines

Zahl, Simeon

Authors

Simeon Zahl simeon.zahl@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

This article builds on the work of George Lindbeck to examine the role of doctrines in the shaping of religious experience and emotion. Using a series of historical examples, it argues for the value of identifying a mode of theological argument that supports claims through attending to perceived affective effects of particular doctrines. It then applies this approach to Philipp Melanchthon’s classic articulation of the forensic model of the doctrine justification by faith in light of contemporary critiques of the doctrine as a ‘legal fiction’ to show how such critiques fail when examined from the perspective of affective salience, and draws on recent work in cognitive science to demonstrate the psychological plausibility of Melanchthon’s description of the affective consequences of justification.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 1, 2015
Journal Modern Theology
Print ISSN 0266-7177
Electronic ISSN 1468-0025
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Zahl, S. (2015). On the affective salience of doctrines. Modern Theology, 31(3), https://doi.org/10.1111/moth.12166
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/moth.12166
Keywords Affectivity, Melanchthon, Lindbeck, Milbank, Doctrine, Theology and Cognitive Science
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/moth.12166/abstract
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Zahl, S. (2015), On the Affective Salience of Doctrines. Modern Theology, 31: 428–444, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/moth.12166. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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