Revelation: Correlative Concept

Paul M. Collins

in Trinitarian Theology: West and East

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780198270324
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683985 | DOI:
Revelation: Correlative Concept

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In the Church Dogmatics, ‘revelation’ plays a central role owing to Karl Barth's endeavour to provide answers to the epistemological problematic arising from the Enlightenment and from the discrediting of Kulturprotestantismus. Before discussing revelation as a correlative concept, this chapter first looks at the functions that the category performs in the Church Dogmatics and then examines why revelation has these functions. Two issues are considered: What form and content does the category of revelation bestow on and receive from the two other categories of event and Trinity? Does the expression of the category of revelation lead us to think of God as one person or three persons? First, the influence of Friedrich Schleiermacher and Ernst Troeltsch in relation to which Barth's endeavour is to be understood is analysed. Secondly, those who perceive that the concept of revelation emerges from the Scriptures and those who reject such a perception are addressed. The correlative and hermeneutical functions of the category of revelation as God's self-interpretation are also discussed.

Keywords: Church Dogmatics; revelation; Karl Barth; event; Trinity; God; Friedrich Schleiermacher; Ernst Troeltsch; Scriptures

Chapter.  10710 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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