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

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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 the conventional 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 series of lectures on Systematic Theology, the so-called Göttingen 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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"[Gockel] makes an important contribution to the ongoing reappraisal of the relationship between Schleiermacher and Barth. ...[A] solid historical work that is likely to become a standard reference on issues of election in Barth and Schleiermacher."

—Theological Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199203222
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthias Gockel is assistant pastor in a congregation near Wittenberg, Germany.

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Table of Contents

1. Probing the Tradition: Schleiermacher's Revision of the Doctrine in his Essay onElection
2. 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 Revolution

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