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Title: The claim of God : Karl Barth's doctrine of sanctification in his earlier theology, 1916 to 1929
Author: Worthington, Ethan A.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2692 1748
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2009
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This thesis offers an analytical interpretation of the doctrine of sanctification in Karl Barth’s earlier theology, specifically from the years 1916 through 1929. Its goal is to contribute to a more complete understanding of Barth’s earlier theology by examining his doctrine of sanctification during this period, explicitly highlighting Barth’s serious concern for and detailed articulation of the divine-human relationship. In this thesis I argue for a particular understanding of Barth’s doctrine of sanctification, namely, that the doctrine was concerned, above all else, with the exposition of a specific relationship between God and man, a relationship in which God draws close to man as his Lord and in doing so establishes genuine human existence and action. For Barth sanctification is precisely the description of genuine human existence and flourishing because of and within the sheer abundance of divine grace and mercy, not in cooperation or independence from it, but as the most fitting existence of one who has been reconciled with God. In sum, sanctification manoeuvres as an aspect or form of God’s reconciling activity; it is testimony of God’s own faithfulness and love for humanity; and it is supremely concerned with the renewed relationship between God and sinful man, with the impact of the person and work of Jesus Christ on the sinner who now stands in fellowship with God. Barth’s focus here falls primarily upon the divine claim over man and the decisive determination this has for the reconciled sinner’s existence, specifically as he joyfully acknowledges this claim in faith and obedience.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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