Paul M. Collins

in Trinitarian Theology: West and East

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

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In his approach to the question of being, Karl Barth sought to reconstruct the inheritance of the West. Barth drew his answer to the question of being from the witness of the Scriptures to the living God, and from God's dealings with the world. Thus, it is from the Incarnation and the event of God's self-revelation that we learn who God is. The divine act and event of self-revelation is understood to be the revelation of the divine being, and this becomes the basis for the interpretation of the biblical testimony that God is love. Thus, the essence of God is understood as life and love, as act and event. God's being-in-act is the reality and life of the one who loves in freedom. In that God's being-in-act is understood in terms of the Trinity and the event of revelation, it is also to be understood in terms of the divine self-reiteration (or identity-in-distinction) and the divine fellowship.

Keywords: Karl Barth; being; God; revelation; love; act; event; Trinity; self-reiteration; fellowship

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Subjects: Christian Theology

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