Event: The ‘How’ of Revelation

Paul M. Collins

in Trinitarian Theology: West and East

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780198270324
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683985 | DOI:
Event: The ‘How’ of Revelation

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For Karl Barth, the self-revelation of God is something that happens. The whole conceptualization of the divine self-revelation is structured around the language of ‘event’. The category of event has been used widely in twentieth-century theology, but not always with care or clarity. In ordinary usage, an event is something that happens in time. It is a part of history. Barth's concept of God raises the question of the relationship of becoming and being. The apparent emphasis on the one, who reiterates himself, is to be balanced by the understanding that the one God has determined himself to be Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This self-determination of the divine nature as Trinity is understood to be the act and event and ‘becoming’ that is God. Barth's concept of the Trinity can be interpreted as an event of communion. The event of revelation ‘is one act which occurs simultaneously and in concert in all His three modes of being’.

Keywords: Karl Barth; event; revelation; God; theology; history; Trinity; divine nature; communion; being

Chapter.  11238 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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