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Election, Atonement, and the Holy Spirit: Through and Beyond Barths Theological Interpretation of Scripture (Princeton Theological Monograph) Matthias Grebe

Election, Atonement, and the Holy Spirit: Through and Beyond Barths Theological Interpretation of Scripture (Princeton Theological Monograph)

Matthias Grebe

Published November 6th 2014
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312 pages
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This book examines the doctrines of election and atonement in Karl Barths Church Dogmatics, taking up Barths own challenge to his reader to surpass his argument and offer a better typological interpretation of the cultic texts. Barths radicalMoreThis book examines the doctrines of election and atonement in Karl Barths Church Dogmatics, taking up Barths own challenge to his reader to surpass his argument and offer a better typological interpretation of the cultic texts. Barths radical re-working of Calvins doctrine of election is one of the most important developments in twentieth-century theology. Christ synthesizes for Barth a particular dialectic: the binary structure of Gods Yes of election and Gods No of rejection. The books central question--how can Jesus simultaneously be both the elected and the rejected (CD II/2), acting as both the judge and the judged (CD IV/1)?--is followed by an exploration of the roles of the Holy Spirit and human freedom in Gods electing and saving action. Commentators both acknowledge Barths innovation in this area and identify problems with his approach, but few have offered what David Ford has called a correction from within Barth, using Barths own method. Using the concept of Existenzstellvertretung, this critique of Barths exegetical justification for the doctrines offers an alternative exegesis that not only provides this much-needed correction, but also immerses the reader in a fresh engagement with Scripture itself.