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George A. Lindbeck Papers

 Collection
Call Number: RG 172

Scope and Contents

These papers document in a thorough way Lindbeck's work as a student, professor, and participant in ecumenical dialogue - his writings, lectures, courses taught at Yale, ecumenical activities, and work related to theological education. There is considerable overlap between the various series and sub-series described below.

The Correspondence of Series I dates from 1937 to 1996 and is primarily related to Lindbeck's academic and ecumenical work, rather than personal in nature. The series is organized chronologically, with undated letters at the end. The first sub-series of Series II, Writings, contains writings from Lindbeck's student days. The second part of Series II contains articles and reviews arranged according to the various topics of interest to Lindbeck. Series III, Material related to The Nature of Doctrine, contains response to the book by others, and Lindbeck's responses to the responses. Series IV, Notes, is grouped in broad topical categories. Series V, Course-Related Materials, documents Lindbeck's teaching activity at Yale. The material is organized by class number, with classes without a given number organized alphabetically. Series VI, Conferences/Lectures, contains drafts and finished products for Lindbeck's many speaking and conference engagements. The materials are arranged chronologically, with undated material arranged alphabetically by title. Series VII, Collected Materials: Theological Education, is organized into topics which are alphabetically ordered. Series VIII, Collected Materials: Ecumenism, is broken into subsections, including Lutheran, Roman Catholic, and Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogues. Within these subsections, materials are organized by topics which are alphabetically ordered. Series IX, Collected Materials: General, is organized by topics which are alphabetically ordered. Series X, Personal Items and Memorabilia, is organized by topics which are alphabetically ordered. An eleventh series, Addendum, was added in 2011 but with the receipt of additional documentation in 2014, the material from the Addendum series has now been integrated as subseries of the original series structure in order to provide better access.

Dates

  • 1912-2007
  • Majority of material found within 1937 - 2001

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of George A. Lindbeck

Arrangement

  1. I. Correspondence, 1912-2007, n.d.
  2. II. Writings, 1941-2006, n.d.
  3. III. Materials related to The Nature of Doctrine, 1976-1988, n.d.
  4. IV. Notes, 1965-1999, n.d.
  5. V. Course-related Materials, 1952-1994, n.d.
  6. VI. Conferences/Lectures, 1942-2006, n.d.
  7. VII. Collected Materials: Theological Education, 1958-1992, n.d.
  8. VIII. Collected Materials: Ecumenism, 1958-1992, n.d.
  9. IX. Collected Materials: General, 1959-1992, n.d.
  10. X. Personal Items and Memorabilia, 1940-2004, n.d.

Extent

38.5 Linear Feet (92 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/divinity.172

Overview

Correspondence, writings, notes, course-related material, and collected material document the life and work of George Lindbeck, noted Yale theologian. The collection is a rich source of information about Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue and Vatican II. 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.

Biographical / Historical

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
1997
Received honorary degrees from Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and Virginia Theological Seminary
1998
Received Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal by Yale Graduate School Alumni Association
2000
Received Paul Wattson Christian Unity Award from Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and honorary degree from Wartburg Seminary
2001
Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Title
Guide to the George A. Lindbeck Papers
Author
Compiled by Adam Eckhart, Christine Luckritz, George Keddie, and Martha Lund Smalley
Date
2002, 2010, 2011, 2014
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared According To Local Divinity Library Descriptive Practices
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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