Freedom and Necessity in Modern Trinitarian Theology by Brandon GallaherFreedom and Necessity in Modern Trinitarian Theology by Brandon Gallaher

Freedom and Necessity in Modern Trinitarian Theology

byBrandon Gallaher

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Freedom and Necessity in Modern Trinitarian Theology examines the tension between God and the world through a constructive reading of the Trinitarian theologies and Christologies of Sergii Bulgakov (1871-1944), Karl Barth (1886-1968), and Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905-1988). It focuses on whatis called "the problematic of divine freedom and necessity" and the response of the writers. "Problematic" refers to God being simultaneously radically free and utterly bound to creation. God did not need to create and redeem the world in Christ. It is a contingent free gift. Yet, on the other sideof a dialectic, he also has eternally determined himself to be God as Jesus Christ. He must create and redeem the world to be God as he has so determined. In this way the world is given a certain "fee necessity" by him because if there were no world then there would be no Christ. A spectrum of different concepts of freedom and necessity and a theological ideal of a balance between the same are outlined and then used to illumine the writers and to articulate a constructive response to the problematic. Brandon Gallaher shows that the classical Christian understanding of Godhaving a non-necessary relationship to the world and divine freedom being a sheer assertion of God's will must be completely rethought. Gallaher proposes a Trinitarian, Christocentric, and cruciform vision of divine freedom. God is free as eternally self-giving, self-emptying and self-receivinglove. The work concludes with a contemporary theology of divine freedom founded on divine election.
Dr Brandon Gallaher is Lecturer in Christian Theological Studies at the University of Exeter.
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Title:Freedom and Necessity in Modern Trinitarian TheologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:October 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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References and AbbreviationsIntroduction: The Absolute Freedom of God as Mystery and 'Problematic'1. Freedom and Necessity as a Trinitarian Mystery and 'Problematic'2. Divine Freedom - A Dialectical Approach: From Freedom to Necessity - The Shape of a 'Problematic' (A)3. Divine Freedom - A Dialectical Approach: From Necessity to Freedom - The Shape of a 'Problematic' (B)Part I: Part I: God as both Absolute and Absolute-Relative in Sergii Bulgakov4. 'Sophiological Antinomism' - Sergii Bulgakov's debt to and Critique of Vladimir Solov'ev5. God as Absolute and Absolute-Relative in Bulgakov: Theological Antinomy in the Doctrine of God6. Divine Freedom and the Need of God for CreationPart II: Divine Self-Determination in Jesus Christ in Karl Barth7. Trinity and the Doctrine of Election in Karl Barth8. Trinity, Freedom, and Necessity in Karl Barth: A Dialectical ApproachPart III: Jesus Christ and the Trinitarian Appropriation of the Dialectic of Freedom and Necessity in Hans Urs von Balthasar9. The Metaphysics of Love: Four Steps10. The Trinity, Creation, and Freedom: More on the Fourth Step11. Christ, Creation, and Divine Possibilities - 'Sheltered within' the TrinityConclusion12. Concluding Unsystematic Systematic PostscriptBibliography