- Copyright page
- List of Abbreviations
- List of Contributors
- The Tasks of Theology
- Revelation and Scripture
- Jesus Christ
- The Spirit
- Sin and Evil
- Human Being
- Christian Life
- Justification, Sanctification, Vocation
- Barth and the Racial Imaginary
- Barth and Modern Moral Philosophy
- Barth and Gender
- Barth and Public Life
- Barth and Hermeneutics
- Barth and Preaching
- Barth and Environmental Theology
- Barth and Culture
- Barth and Judaism
- Barth, Religion, and the Religions
- Barth and Contemporary Protestant Theology
- Barth and Roman Catholic Theology
Abstract and Keywords
The development of Karl Barth’s doctrine of the Trinity is traced from its origins in the Göttingen Dogmatics (1924) through Christliche Dogmatik im Entwurf (1927) and on into the final volume of Church Dogmatics. Questions of starting point and method, location and significance of the doctrine, the distinction of common and personal properties, and critical appropriation of classical terms are discussed. Changes of mind are noted and assessed with regard to their significance. A thesis is advanced, viz. that Barth’s doctrine of the ‘essential’ Trinity is grounded (epistemically) in his concept of revelation, leading to the conclusion that what God is eternally is what God is in His Self-revelation in time—and vice versa.
Bruce L. McCormack is the Charles Hodge Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and Executive Director of its Center for Barth Studies. He is the author of Karl Barth’s Critically Realistic Dialectical Theology, 1909–1936 (1995), and Orthodox and Modern: Studies in the Theology of Karl Barth (2008), as well as numerous essays on the theology of Barth. He is the recipient of the Karl Barth Prize from the Evangelische Kirche der Union (1998) and an honorary doctorate (Dr Theol. h.c.) from the Friedrich Schiller University, Jena (2004).
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