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Karl Barth's Christological Metaphysics

Stephen H. Webb

in Jesus Christ, Eternal God

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199827954
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919468 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827954.003.0009
Karl Barth's Christological Metaphysics

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Karl Barth affirms the eternity of the incarnation in many passages in the Church Dogmatics. He puts the incarnation in the heart of the Trinity in ways that are still being pondered and systematized by contemporary theologians. This chapter traces the development of his thought on the eternity of Christ's body. It argues that, while Barth is not always consistent on this theme, his reflections typically tend toward maximizing the eternal significance of the incarnation as an event that takes place in the heart of the Trinitarian relations. This chapter also examines a recent controversy in theological circles, namely, Bruce McCormack's interpretation of Barth's doctrine of election and the responses to McCormack by Paul Molnar, Kevin Hector, and Aaron Smith. This chapter argues that McCormack makes election a part of the Trinity rather than the full identity of Christ as given in the incarnation.

Keywords: Karl Barth; eternity; incarnation; Trinity; Bruce McCormack; Paul Molnar; Kevin Hector; Aaron Smith

Chapter.  18896 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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