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date: 14 August 2020

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For many years, Karl Barth and Protestant Orthodoxy have been almost separate fields of study. On the basis of recent scholarship, however, it is now possible to judge the adequacy of Barth’s reception of the older Protestant theology with greater nuance than ever before. His intensive engagement with scholastic Protestant sources was one of the main factors that helped him to break free of his earlier ‘liberal’ and ‘dialectical’ leanings, and contributed to the consciously ecclesial character of his mature dogmatics. Throughout Church Dogmatics, Barth incorporated extensive discussions of Protestant scholastic notions and arguments in his doctrinal expositions, even as he gave them his own dialectical and actualistic twist. Despite certain hermeneutical and historical shortcomings, Barth’s discussions of Protestant scholasticism stand as a fascinating example of a creative, critical, and constructive reception of the Protestant Orthodox tradition.

Keywords: analogia entis, analogy of being, Anselm of Canterbury, covenant, doctrine of God, epistemology, ontology, predestination, scholasticism, Scripture

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