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Introduction

Christopher Asprey

in Eschatological Presence in Karl Barth's Göttingen Theology

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199584703
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723209 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584703.003.0001
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This introductory chapter surveys major, relevant secondary literature indicating how interpretations of Barth's work differ from the approach adopted in this book. Barth's theology, especially in this phase of its development, has often been thought of as underpinned by a dualist or somehow anti-historical metaphysics. Although such readings can deliver suggestive schematisations or theorisations of his writing, they do not stand up to scrutiny of the texts themselves. The latter indicate that, in fact, Barth's theology centres on the encounter between God and humanity in revelation, which he describes as an eschatological event. The chapter also points out various ways in which the posthumous publication of Barth's lectures in Göttingen have advanced Barth scholarship in recent years, and concludes by setting out the major themes and developments which follow in the remainder of the book.

Keywords: anti-historical metaphysics; dualism; encounter; eschatology; secondary literature

Chapter.  10986 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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