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Faith, Atonement, and Time

Paul Helm

in John Calvin's Ideas

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199255696
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602429 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199255695.003.0014
Faith, Atonement, and Time

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Calvin is sensitive to the 'appearance of contradiction' wherever it occurs in theology. This Chapter deals with one such apparent contradiction in connection with the atonement. How can God be wrathful towards us if he also loves us? We examine Calvin's resolution of this, and of the sort of change that faith in Christ brings. Further consideration is then given to the way in which Calvin uses the Aristotelian fourfold causal schema to draw out the merely instrumental character of saving faith. The way in which faith changes the believer according to Calvin is contrasted with the different understanding of the role of faith in the revisionist reformed theology of Karl Barth.

Keywords: atonement; cause; change; condition; contradiction; faith; Karl Barth

Chapter.  14737 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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