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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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From Reprobation to Election: Barth's Revision of the Doctrine of Election in his Commentary on Romans

From Reprobation to Election: Barth's Revision of the Doctrine of Election in his Commentary on Romans

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(p.104) 3 From Reprobation to Election: Barth's Revision of the Doctrine of Election in his Commentary on Romans
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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/9780199203222.003.0004

The chapter argues that Karl Barth's Commentary on Romans questions the individualistic assumptions of traditional views. For Barth, as for Schleiermacher, predestination is a divine act that constitutes the unity of all human beings and not an absolute distinction between two kinds of persons. Every person is the object of God's universal judgment and grace, at once separated from and bound to God. The divine decision to elect or reprobate is not predetermined but occurs time and again in the historical event in which God's address leads to faith or to unbelief. Is Barth's thinking already ‘open toward the later characteristic christological centring of election’? He argues that humankind's reprobation is overcome in Christ because of Christ's resurrection from the dead, but he does not yet say that Christ's reconciling death is the result of God's self‐determination to be God in a covenant with humankind.

Keywords:   Barth, Schleiermacher, Romans, resurrection, election, predestination, faith, individualistic, christological centring

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