Quoting Stanley Hauewas, (in 'Carving Stone or Learning to Speak Christian", 108-121) "From a cultural-linguistic perspectve religious faith is understood to resemble a language correlative to a way of life. To be a Chrisitian from a cultural-linguistic point of view is to not like learning another language, but rather is to learn another language." (The State of the University, 118) (Lindbeck, 16-18)
Can we thus say to be a Chinese from a cultural-lingusitic point of view is to learn "another" language? From an indigenous Chinese point of view, the cultural-linguistic aspect is already there in oneself.
Haurwas thus points out that for Lindbeck, the task of a theologian is not to translate the biblical language into a currently (or culturally) understable conceptuality (lindbeck, 132), rather, "what we need is a method that more closely resembles ancient catechetical practices. Instead of trying to describe the faith in new concepts, we should instead try to teach the language and practices of the faith. Lindbeck observes,
"This has been the primary way of transmitting the faith and winning converts for most religions down through the centuries. In the early days of the Christian church, for example, it was the gnostics, not the catholics, who were most inclined to redescribe the biblical materials in a new interpretive framework. Pagan convers to the catholic mainstrem did not, for the most part, first understand the faith and then decide to become Christians; rather, the process was reversed: they first decided and then they understood. More precisely, they were first attracted by the Christian community and form of life. The reasons for attraction ranged from the noble to the ignoble and were as diverse as the individuals involve; but for whatever motives, they submitted themselves to prolonged catechetical instruction in which they practiced new modes of behavior and learned the stories of Israel and their fulfillment in Christ. Only after they had acquired proficiency in the alien Christian language and form of life were they deemed able intelligently and responsibly to profess the faith, to be baptized. (Lindbeck, 132)...Continua