Barth and Schleiermacher on the Doctrine of Election: A Systematic-Theological Comparison

Hardcover | February 4, 2007

byMatthias Gockel

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The first detailed comparison between the theologies of Friedrich Schleiermacher and the early dialectical theology of Karl Barth. Matthias Gockel shows that the doctrine of election in Barth's early theology bears a remarkable resemblance to the position of Schleiermacher. He challenges theconventional wisdom that these two positions - or `liberal theology' and `dialectical theology' - stand in irreconcilable opposition. Barth articulates a fresh assessment of the doctrine not only in Church Dogmatics II/2, but in the second edition of his Epistle to the Romans and in his first seriesof lectures on Systematic Theology, the so-called Gottingen Dogmatics. Hence, a resemblance between Schleiermacher and Barth is already discernible in Barth's early theology - at a time when he was writing his most virulent criticisms of Schleiermacher.

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The first detailed comparison between the theologies of Friedrich Schleiermacher and the early dialectical theology of Karl Barth. Matthias Gockel shows that the doctrine of election in Barth's early theology bears a remarkable resemblance to the position of Schleiermacher. He challenges theconventional wisdom that these two positions ...

Matthias Gockel is assistant pastor in a congregation near Wittenberg, Germany.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:February 4, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199203229

ISBN - 13:9780199203222

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Probing the Tradition: Schleiermacher's Revision of the Doctrine in his Essay onElection2. A Universal Predestination to Salvation in Christ: The Doctrine of Election in `The Christian Faith'3. From Reprobation to Election: Barth's Revision of the Doctrine of Election in his Second `Commentary on Romans'4. To Believe or not to Believe: The Doctrine of Election in the `Gottingen Dogmatics'5. Barth's Christological RevolutionConclusion