Implications of Karl Barth's relational anthropology for his theology of conversion
This thesis demonstrates the effects that Karl Barth's view of personal being had on his theology of conversion. Chapter One expounds the relational account of personal being, distinguishes it from individual views, and establishes that Barth worked from within relational presuppositions. Chapter Two examines the event of conversion itself as an event of liberation, having demonstrated the relation of Barth's theology of personal being to his theology of freedom. Chapter Three traces the connections between Barth's theology of Christian faith and his theology of personal being. Chapter Four concentrates on those who have been converted to Jesus Christ, looking at the foundations of Christian spirituality in Barth's theology of revelation. Chapter Five focuses on those who are not yet Christians, looking at the address of the Church to the world, with special attention to Barth's theology of our dialogue with those who hold to a non-Christian faith or to no religious faith at all. Much of the disagreement between Barth and several of his critics has erupted from a difference in their understanding of what it means to be a person. All the chapters exhibit the influence of Barth's relational view of personal being on each of these other areas, and they clarify misconceptions that have resulted from not taking that relational view into account.