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Karl Barth's infralapsarian theology : origins and development, 1920-1953

Author: Shao Kai Tseng
Publisher: Downers Grove, Illinois : InterVarsity Press, and imprint of InterVarsity Press, [2016]
Series: New explorations in theology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Theologians have long assumed that Karl Barth's doctrine of election is supralapsarian. Challenging decades of scholarship, Shao Kai Tseng argues that despite Barth's stated favor of supralapsarianism, his mature lapsarian theology is complex and dialectical, critically reappropriating both supra- and infralapsarian patterns of thinking. Barth can be described as basically infralapsarian because he sees the object  Read more...
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Tseng, Shao Kai, 1981-
Karl Barth's infralapsarian theology.
Downers Grove, IL : InterVarsity Press, [2016]
(DLC) 2016009323
Named Person: Karl Barth; Karl Barth
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shao Kai Tseng
ISBN: 9780830851324 0830851321
OCLC Number: 921867630
Description: 317 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Part 1. Reappraising Barth's lapsarian position. Supra- and infralapsarianism in the seventeenth century: some definitions --
Church dogmatics ʹ33: Barth's lapsarian position reassessed --
Part 2. Barth's lapsarian position in development, 1920-1953. Römerbrief II (1920-1921): lapsarianism in the "impossible possibility" dialectic --
The Göttingen-Münster period (1921-1930): christology and predestination in the subject-object dialectic --
The Bonn years (1930-1935): human talk and divine word: new developments? --
Gottes Gnadenwahl (1936): infralapsarian aspects of Barth's christocentric doctrine of election --
CDII/2 (1939-1942): Christ as electing God and elected human: lapsarianism "purified" --
CD IV/1 (1951-1953): Adamic history and history of Christ: infralapsarian tendencies in Barth's doctrine of sin.
Series Title: New explorations in theology.
Responsibility: Shao Kai Tseng ; foreword by George Hunsinger.

Abstract:

Theologians have long assumed that Karl Barth's doctrine of election is supralapsarian. Challenging decades of scholarship, Shao Kai Tseng argues that despite Barth's stated favor of supralapsarianism, his mature lapsarian theology is complex and dialectical, critically reappropriating both supra- and infralapsarian patterns of thinking. Barth can be described as basically infralapsarian because he sees the object of election as fallen humankind and understands the incarnation as God's act of taking on human nature in its condition of fallenness. Tseng shows that most of Barth's Reformed critics have not understood his doctrine of election accurately enough to recognize his affinity to infralapsarianism and, conversely, that most Barthians have not understood Reformed-orthodox formulations of election with sufficient accuracy in their disagreement with the tradition. Karl Barth's Infralapsarian Theology offers a clear understanding of both the historic Lapsarian Controversy and Barth's distinct form of lapsarianism, providing a charitable dialogue partner to aid mutual understanding between Barth and evangelicals. (Publisher).
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