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Freedom and necessity in modern trinitarian theology

Author: Brandon Gallaher
Publisher: Oxord : Oxford University Press, 2016.
Series: Oxford theology and religion monographs.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Examines the tension between God and the world through a constructive reading of the Trinitarian theologies and Christologies of Sergii Bulgakov (1871-1944), Karl Barth (1886-1968), and Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905-1988). It focuses on what is called "the problematic of divine freedom and necessity" and the response of the writers. "Problematic" refers to God being simultaneously radically free and utterly bound to
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Brandon Gallaher
ISBN: 9780191805844 019180584X 9780191062049 0191062049
OCLC Number: 944211277
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 298 pages)
Contents: Cover; Freedom and Necessity in Modern Trinitarian Theology; Copyright; Dedication; Foreword; Acknowledgements; Contents; References and Abbreviations; Epigraph; Introduction: The Absolute Freedom of God as Mystery and 'Problematic'; 1: Freedom and Necessity as Trinitarian Mystery and 'Problematic'; 2: Divine Freedom-A Dialectical Approach: From Freedom to Necessity-The Shape of a 'Problematic' (A); 3: Divine Freedom-A Dialectical Approach: From Necessity to Freedom-The Shape of a 'Problematic' (B); Part I: God as both Absolute and Absolute-Relative in Sergii Bulgakov. 4: 'Sophiological Antinomism'-Sergii Bulgakov's Debt to and Critique of Vladimir Solov'ev4.1 SOPHIA AS A LIVING ANTINOMY-THE ORIGINS OF BULGAKOVIAN ANTINOMISM; 4.2 THE SOLOV'EVEAN ABSOLUTE AND THE BULGAKOVIAN CRITIQUE; 4.3 BULGAKOVIAN ANTINOMISM; 5: God as Absolute and Absolute-Relative in Bulgakov: Theological Antinomy in the Doctrine of God; 5.1 GOD AS AN ABSOLUTE NOT-IS; 5.2 GOD AS AN ABSOLUTE TRINITY OF LOVE; 5.3 GOD AS AN ABSOLUTE-RELATIVE TRINITY OF CREATIVE LOVE; 6: Divine Freedom and the Need of God for Creation; 6.1 THE DIVINE NEED FOR CREATION. 6.2 KENOSIS AND ENTHEOSIS IN CREATION AND REDEMPTION6.3 SOPHIANIC DETERMINISM; Part II: Divine Self-Determination in Jesus Christ in Karl Barth; 7: Trinity and the Doctrine of Election in Karl Barth; 7.1 TRINITY AND ELECTION; 7.2 BEING AND ACT-THE AMBIGUITY OF BARTHIAN ACTUALISM; 7.3 GOD AS THE ONE WHO LOVES IN FREEDOM; 8: Trinity, Freedom, and Necessity in Karl Barth-A Dialectical Approach; 8.1 DIALECTICISM AND DIVINE POSSIBILITIES; 8.2 DE FACTO NECESSITY AND DIVINE FREEDOM; 8.3 ELECTION AND DIALECTIC IN TRINITARIAN THEOLOGY. Part III: Jesus Christ and the Trinitarian Appropriation of the Dialectic of Freedom and Necessity in Hans Urs von Balthasar9: The Metaphysics of Love-Four Steps; 9.1 BEING AS LOVE-STEP 1; 9.2 THE REAL DISTINCTION-STEPS 2-4; 9.3 THE SIMILARITY/DISSIMILARITY AND IDENTITY/DIFFERENCE OF GOD AND THE WORLD IN CHRIST; 10: The Trinity, Creation, and Freedom-More on the Fourth Step; 10.1 INFINITE FREEDOM-FREE DEPENDENT LOVE IN THE TRINITY; 10.2 FINITE FREEDOM-FREE DEPENDENT LOVE IN MAN; 10.3 THE ABSOLUTE FREEDOM OF THE TRINITY FOR CREATION-A DIALECTICAL TURN? 11: Christ, Creation, and Divine Possibilities-'Sheltered within' the Trinity11.1 CHRIST AS THE CONCRETE ANALOGY OF BEING; 11.2 THE WORLD 'SHELTERED WITHIN' CHRIST AND THE TRINITY; 11.3 DIVINE POSSIBILITIES IN THE TRINITY AND THE 'SURPRISE' OF THE SPIRIT; Conclusion: The Absolute Freedom of God and the Mystery of Divine Election; 12: Concluding Unsystematic Systematic Postscript; 12.1 THE DIALECTIC OF FREEDOM AND NECESSITY: MYSTERY, PROBLEMATIC AND RESPONSE; 12.2 SUMMARY, COMPARISON AND EVALUATION OF THREE THEOLOGIANS; 12.2.1 Sergii Bulgakov; 12.2.2 Karl Barth; 12.2.3 Hans Urs von Balthasar.
Series Title: Oxford theology and religion monographs.
Responsibility: Brandon Gallaher.


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