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Barth and Schleiermacher on the Doctrine of ElectionA Systematic-Theological Comparison$
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Matthias Gockel

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199203222

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203222.001.0001

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A Universal Predestination to Salvation in Christ: The Doctrine of Election in The Christian Faith

A Universal Predestination to Salvation in Christ: The Doctrine of Election in The Christian Faith

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(p.37) 2 A Universal Predestination to Salvation in Christ: The Doctrine of Election in The Christian Faith
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Barth and Schleiermacher on the Doctrine of Election
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Matthias Gockel

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203222.003.0003

The chapter discusses the doctrine of election in the context of the Glaubenslehre. The concept of a single divine decree structures the argument throughout the book, and the content of the decree is a universal predestination to salvation in Christ. Christ's redemptive work is realized gradually and without miraculous leaps. The historical existence of believers and unbelievers does not result from a foreordained division of human beings. Divine mercy and righteousness pertain to every person; the idea of double predestination is rejected. Since the Christian church is the complete revelation of Christ's dignity, it is possible that every person will be included in the fellowship with him. Schleiermacher's position remains theocentric; predestination is defined in terms of divine omniscience and omnipotence, not in terms of redemption. Christ is the universal mediator of salvation, but his appearance in history does not contribute significantly to the determination of the divine decree.

Keywords:   Schleiermacher, Glaubenslehre, election, double predestination, divine decree, church, theocentric, redemption

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