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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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To Believe or not to Believe: The Doctrine of Election in the Göttingen Dogmatics

To Believe or not to Believe: The Doctrine of Election in the Göttingen Dogmatics

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(p.134) 4 To Believe or not to Believe: The Doctrine of Election in the Göttingen Dogmatics
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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/9780199203222.003.0005

The chapter argues that the main theme of the doctrine of election in Karl Barth's Göttingen Dogmatics is the twofold possibility of faith and unbelief, which is an integral part of God's address to humanity. God's ‘unveiling’ is the purpose of His ‘veiling’, but the decision when and how the ‘unveiling’ occurs is made by God alone. Reprobation is the event in which God withholds the gift of faith, but it is not an end in itself and is always oriented toward election and salvation as the steadfast goal. Barth changes the concept of an eternal double predestination from a concept that refers to a pre‐temporal divine foreordination into an actualistic concept that refers to the freedom and contingency of God's acting in history. The modification underscores the theocentric and teleological character of his view.

Keywords:   Barth, Schleiermacher, Reformed, election, faith, freedom of God, double predestination, history, theocentric

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