Christ as Theoretical Construct Rather Than Person

Since I've gotten back to the first half part of vol. 4 of Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics and have been posting about it, a friend sent me a note pointing me in the direction of Adam Neder's book, Participation in Christ: An Entry Into Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics. Since both Eastern Orthodoxy and Adam Neder …

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Anselm: Some Further Thoughts

I got some push back on my previous Anselm post. So first, let me clarify what I did and didn't say. What I did say is that Anselm is unfairly disparaged, especially among the Orthodox for all the theological sins of the West. I did not say that his doctrine of salvation was adequate. I …

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Objective Truth, the Living Word, and Divine Wisdom

The blog has been silent for a while because I've been busy working on a much larger project related to 1 & 2 Corinthians. One of the preliminary "aha" items is Paul's description of divine power (which Paul says looks like human weakness) and divine wisdom (which is foolishness). What has struck me most powerfully …

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Because Our Concept of God is Too Narrow … Far too Narrow

Ooh la la: Ice storm! Stayed home from work!! Reading Barth!!! Doesn’t get much better than that. Here’s today’s goody from the Church Dogmatics (IV:1, p. 186. 1956 ed., to be specific). Barth is critiquing the idea that the incarnation is “God against God,” an idea that was evidently quite popular among the German Lutherans …

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