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Fides Quaerens Intellectum

Bruce L. McCormack

in Karl Barth's Critically Realistic Dialectical Theology

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269564
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600678 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198269560.003.0012
 Fides Quaerens Intellectum

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This chapter explores Karl Barth’s writing of a book on Anselm, Fides quaerens intellectum. Barth’s main goal was to treat the ‘problematic Anselm’ of Proslogion 2-4 in a new way. He wanted to show that the so-called “ontological proof” set forth by Anselm was not a proof at all. The existence of anything new in the Anselm book, which would have compelled Barth to view Die christliche Dogmatik as a ‘false start’ is discussed.

Keywords: Karl Barth; Anselm; theology; religious development

Chapter.  15343 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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