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Title: God's elective decision : the pre-temporal basis of Barth's "divine ontology" of grace
Author: Frick, Tyler J.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7961 2682
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis is an attempt to display and commend the divine ontology that arises from Barth's doctrine of election set forth in Church Dogmatics II/2. A major source of contention within Barth scholarship concerns how to best understand the significance of Barth's doctrine of election for his conception of God's identity. On the one side of this debate, you have scholars (championed by Bruce McCormack) who advance a maximalist understanding of the ontological significance of divine election and view Barth's doctrine as an eternal determination basic and proper to the very essence of God. On the other side, you have scholars (led by George Hunsinger and Paul Molnar) who advance a minimalist reading of Barth's doctrine and contend that the doctrine of election is exclusively related to activity God chooses to perform in the economy of salvation, with no bearing on an understanding of the original and proper being of God. Following the maximalist line of interpretation, I argue that divine election enables Barth to provide a description of God as essentially subsisting in the act of graciously turning toward fallen humanity in Jesus Christ. Barth thus operates with a divine ontology of grace because he insists that God's very identity is shaped by and ordered to the gracious determination to become humanity's God in the vicarious history of Jesus.
Supervisor: Nimmo, Paul Thomson Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Election (Theology)