Monday, September 05, 2016

Reader Response: Church Dogmatics ch VII (intro)

Chapter seven of Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics (which you will find in volume II/2, and which consists of sections 32 through 35) deals with the doctrine of election.  That's an inherently fascinating concept, and I'm keen to re-read it.  Those in the know about Barth will also be aware that this is one of the most original areas of his theology - he professes himself regrettably unable to follow the traditional explication of the doctrine.  It is also one of the most controversial areas of Barth reception.  I don't particularly intend to get into that here, but just to read through and jot down some of my reflections.

It's worth just taking a glance at the synopsis of contents for this chapter:

§32 - The problem of a correct doctrine of the election of grace

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