- 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 traces the key themes in Barth’s eschatological discourse through an exploration of his later dogmatic writings. It begins with the recognition that reading Barth’s eschatology faces a number of difficulties, and moves on to articulate his work on the doctrine by way of four themes: Jesus Christ as our hope; Jesus Christ as the gift of divine presence and human fulfilment; the shape and nature of the time between Easter and the consummation; and the eschatological ethics of the doctrine of reconciliation. It is maintained that eschatological assertions function in three main ways in Barth’s dogmatics. First, they depict the consummating telos of God’s work in Christ, anticipating God’s being all in all; second, they offer a hermeneutic lens that sheds light on other dogmatic claims; and third, they ground the crucial business that hope engages in as corresponding work.
John C. McDowell is Director of Research and Professor of Theology at the University of Divinity. In addition to numerous articles on the theology of Karl Barth and other themes, he has authored Hope in Barth’s Eschatology: Interrogations and Transformations Beyond Tragedy (2000) and is the co-editor of Conversing with Barth (2004) and Correlating Sobernost: Conversations Between Karl Barth and the Russian Orthodox Tradition (2016).
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