Revelation and the Problem of Christian Preaching

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:
Revelation and the Problem of Christian Preaching

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If the Göttingen Dogmatics is structured around the doctrine of revelation, this is because it enables Barth to speak about the divine-human relation in terms of an eschatological encounter. Specifically, this encounter is said to occur in preaching, which Barth understands as a Word (God's and the church's) addressed in response to an existential question raised by human beings. This chapter argues that Barth develops an anthropology of the ‘questioner’ here in order to counterbalance his strong eschatology, which might otherwise cause him to separate nature and grace. Indeed, this anthropology stressing the fragmentariness of human life even becomes the surprising basis for a negative ‘proof’ for the existence of God, so that the experience of God's absence is taken as the condition for the knowledge of divine presence.

Keywords: anthropology; eschatology; existential question; grace; nature; preaching; proof; revelation

Chapter.  15936 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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