On the affective salience of doctrines

Zahl, Simeon (2015) On the affective salience of doctrines. Modern Theology, 31 (3). pp. 428-444. ISSN 1468-0025

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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.

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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.
Keywords: Affectivity, Melanchthon, Lindbeck, Milbank, Doctrine, Theology and Cognitive Science
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of Theology and Religious Studies
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/moth.12166
Depositing User: Zahl, Simeon
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2016 13:07
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2016 18:26
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/34575

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