Lindbeck, George A.

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Birth 1923

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George Lindbeck, the Pitkin Professor Emeritus of Historical theology, served on the faculty of Yale Divinity School and the Yale University Religious Studies department after graduating from the Divinity School in 1946 and receiving his Ph.D. from Yale in 1955. He is the author of six books, including The Nature of Doctrine: Religion and Theology in a Postliberal Age and Challenge and Response: A Protestant Perspective on the Vatican Council. Lindbeck's many awards include several honorary degrees and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He was a delegate to the second Vatican Council in Rome in the 1960s and has long been active in ecumenical dialogue, particularly between the Lutheran and Roman Catholic Churches. Lindbeck's "Report on Ecclesiastically Independent Theological Education" released by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1976 was also a notable contribution.

From the description of George A. Lindbeck papers, 1937-1996 (inclusive). (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 702165260

  • 1923: George A. Lindbeck born in China on March 10, son of Lutheran missionaries.
  • 1943: Received B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota.
  • 1944: Studied at Augustana Theological Seminary.
  • 1946: Received M.Div from Yale Divinity School.
  • 1951: Completed two years of study, partially at the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies in Toronto, and partially at University of Paris (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes).
  • 1951: Named an Instructor at Yale.
  • 1955: Received his Ph.D. from Yale University; Named Assistant Professor at Yale.
  • 1959: Completed Morse Research Fellowship from Yale in Tubingen, Germany.
  • 1964: Completed two years as Delegated Observer of the Vatican Council in Rome.
  • 1966: Named Associate Professor at Yale.
  • 1966: Received honorary degrees from Notre Dame University and Augustana College.
  • 1966: Published Challenge and Response: A Protestant Perspective on the Vatican Council.
  • 1970: Published The Future of Roman Catholic Theology: Vatican II, Catalyst for Change.
  • 1972: Fellow at the Center of Cultural and Ecumenical Research, St. John's University at Wolfson College.
  • 1976: Fellow at Cambridge University, England.
  • 1976: Release of Rockefeller Foundation "Report on Ecclesiastically Independent Theological Education."
  • 1979: Fellow at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute, outside of Jerusalem.
  • 1980: Received honorary degree from University of Munich, Germany.
  • 1982: Named Pitkin Professor of Historical Theology at Yale.
  • 1983: Received honorary degree from Upsala College.
  • 1984: Published The Nature of Doctrine: Religion and Theology in a Postliberal Age.
  • 1988: Received honorary degree from Gustavus Adolphus College.
  • 1989: Held Guggenheim Fellowship.
  • 1989: Visiting Professor of Ecumenics at the Gregorian University in Rome.
  • 1993: Professor Emeritus
  • 2000: Received Paul Wattson Christian Unity Award from Franciscan Friars of the Atonement
  • 2001: Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

From the guide to the George A. Lindbeck Papers, 1937-2001, (Yale University Divinity School Library)


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