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date: 09 July 2020

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This article poses questions that have shaped the use of reason in systematic theology since the seventeenth century. Do humans have any power of their own by which they can come to some, albeit shadowy and incomplete, knowledge of God? The answer has profound consequences for the doctrine of God, for Christology, for pneumatology, for anthropology, for soteriology, and for the mission of the church. Can theology and anthropology be brought into correlation in a way which does not so stress the sovereignty of God that humanity is diminished? Are Karl Barth and Hans Urs von Balthasar right in finding the solution to this dilemma in Christology? Here one has to face two choices: either obligation to the demands of foundationalism and Kantian metaphysics, or obedience to what God has done in Jesus Christ and in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Keywords: systematic theology, anthropology, Karl Barth, foundationalism, Kantian metaphysics, Jesus Christ

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