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Title: Karl Barth and the problem of well-ordered thought
Author: Westerholm, Martin
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2013
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This study takes up the long-standing concern that the theology of Karl Barth has little to offer to consideration of Christian reason and shows that, to the contrary, Barth's work contains a theologically weighty and spiritually bracing account of the proper ordering of Christian thought. The argument that I make is that study of Paul's epistles and Anselm's theology leads Barth to reconsider the proper content of the categories in which the idealist tradition conceives of the ordering of human thought. Where the idealist tradition suggests that well-ordered human thought issues from the standpoint of the transcendental subject, takes its orientation from consideration of human possibility, and exercises its proper freedom in subjecting the content of experience to the laws of its own reasoning, Barth comes to hold that well-ordered Christian thought issues from the standpoint of the eschatological subject, takes its orientation from the being and activity of Jesus Christ, and exercises its proper freedom in allowing its possibilities to be shaped by the work in which God manifests his self-fidelity.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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