- 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
This chapter explores Barth’s understanding of justification, sanctification, and vocation. It begins by directing the reader’s attention to a 1957 sermon, delivered at the prison in Basel, which considers salvation, faith, and the relationship between divine and human agency. The chapter then considers Barth’s understanding of reconciliation in Church Dogmatics IV, paying particular attention to justification before Jesus Christ, sanctification for Jesus Christ, and vocation as the Christian’s cooperation in the work of Christ. A concern throughout is to show that Barth takes reconciliation, centred in the one who is fully divine and fully human, to be both entirely the work of God and also fully our own.
Cynthia L. Rigby is the W. C. Brown Professor of Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She is author of The Promotion of Social Righteousness (2010) and Holding Faith: A Practical Introduction to Christian Faith (2018), editor of Power, Powerlessness, and the Divine: New Inquiries in Bible and Theology (1997), and co-editor of Blessed One: Protestant Perspectives on Mary (2002). She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
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