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:

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By attending to his doctrine of the incarnation, it is easy to acquit Barth of the charge that his christology is conceptually incapable of giving sufficient account of the humanity of Jesus. Nevertheless, Barth's main concern in his Göttingen Dogmatics is to avoid historicising christology in such a way as to isolate this moment in what is a trinitarian movement. This concern can be observed, generally, in his desire to hold together christology and soteriology, or else in his preference for a Reformed version of the doctrine of the hypostatic union. However, in accentuating the eschatological character of revelation, Barth finds it hard to make sufficient sense of the resurrection of Jesus; put differently, the pastness of the resurrection is virtually collapsed into the actuality of revelation itself, thus depriving the latter of its objective grounds.

Keywords: christology; hypostatic union; incarnation; objective ground; reformed dogmatics; resurrection

Chapter.  11879 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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