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Title: God's being toward fellowship : the meaning of "God is love" in dialogue with the theologies of Friedrich Schleiermachar and Karl Barth
Author: Stratis, Justin
ISNI:       0000 0004 2726 1948
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis explores the meaning of the biblical phrase ‘God is love’ through an examination of two quintessentially modern Protestant theologies. After considering the complexities of theological predication and juxtaposing several classical and contemporary approaches to the matter, the distinct approaches of Friedrich Schleiermacher and Karl Barth are presented and ultimately commended for their tendency to treat divine love as a ‘conclusion’ to the doctrine of God, rather than as a conceptual starting point. In contrast to many contemporary approaches, the thesis concludes by suggesting that God’s love is best conceived as his being toward fellowship, rather than as the eminent instance of loving fellowship understood according to human experiences of love (including that of being loved by God).
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: God (Christianity)