School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theology


School of Theology and Seminary

First Advisor

William J. Cahoy

Second Advisor

Dr. Don E. Saliers

Subject Categories



I argue that the Christian community’s religious language games, particularly liturgical action (theologia prima) and theological reflection (theologia secunda), mutually shape and correct one another. I demonstrate this using Wittgenstein’s philosophical method, adapting his approach to philosophy for theological use. The first part of this essay explains and demonstrates Wittgenstein’s philosophical method. The second part is an application of his method (with my own adaptation of this method for theology) with Christian liturgy as its subject. The third part of this essay discusses ways in which Wittgenstein’s approach might be adapted further in a fruitful way for theological reflection and catechesis.

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