Trinity and Election in Contemporary Theology

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  • Copyright: 2011-07-15
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A lively debate has been heating up among some of the foremost authorities on Karl Barth as they seek to answer a crucial point of contention: Is the Trinity complete in itself from all eternity or is it constituted by the eternal decision of election? Trinity and Election in Contemporary Theology offers a collection of essays that seek to address this question through rigorous and critical treatment of select topics in the theology of Karl Barth by contemporary interpreters from both Protestant and Roman Catholic perspectives.

Author Biography

Mitcheal T. Dempsey is associate professor of theology at St. Johns University, New York.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Debate
God's Triunity and Self-Determination: A Conversation with Karl Barth, Bruce McCormack, and Paul Molnarp. 29
The Trinity, Election, and God's Ontological Freedom: A Response to Kevin W. Hectorp. 47
Can the Electing God Be God Without Us? Some Implications of Bruce McCormack's Understanding of Barth's Doctrine of Election for the Doctrine of the Trinityp. 63
Election and the Trinity: Twenty-Five Theses on the Theology of Karl Barthp. 91
Election and the Trinity: Theses in Response to George Hunsingerp. 115
Obedience, Trinity, and Election: Thinking With and Beyond the Church Dogmaticsp. 138
Barth and the Election-Trinity Debate: A Pneumatological Viewp. 162
"A Specific Form of Relationship": On the Dogmatic Implications of Barth's Account of Election and Commandment for His Theological Ethicsp. 182
God's Self-Specification: His Being Is His Electingp. 201
Roman Catholic Perspectives
Karl Barth, German-Language Theology, and the Catholic Traditionp. 229
Christ, the Trinity, and Predestination: McCormack and Aquinasp. 224
Implications for Ethics Today
The Gospel of True Prosperity: Our Best Life in the Triune God Now and Not Yetp. 277
Contributorsp. 295
Indexp. 297
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