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Eschatological Presence in Karl Barth's Göttingen Theology$
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Christopher Asprey

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199584703

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584703.001.0001

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Reformed Theology

Reformed Theology

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Eschatological Presence in Karl Barth's Göttingen Theology

Christopher Asprey

Oxford University Press

Before turning to dogmatics in Göttingen, Barth delivered a number of academic lecture courses on Reformed theology, during which he sought to position himself as a Reformed theologian in relation to the three magisterial Protestant reformers: Luther, Zwingli, and Calvin. This chapter shows how Barth's account of the Reformation is distinguished by its attempt to refer well-known differences between the Lutherans and Reformed, on issues concerning the Christian life, back to the Protestant controversies over sacramental theology. The early Protestant tradition is thus conceived by Barth as a long-standing and unresolved dialectical dispute over revelation itself, a focus which prevented its discussions of the other issues from becoming subjectivist.

Keywords:   Calvin, christian life, dialectic, Luther, protestantism, sacramental theology, Zwingli

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