Analysis Of Karl Barth's View Of Divine Election

analytical Essay
2369 words
2369 words

The Crux of the Thesis
Karl Barth’s view of Divine Election
As stated earlier, Swiss Reformed theologian, Karl Barth shared a strong and influential opinion concerning Divine Election. He was educated and pastored between Switzerland and Germany before investing great effort to teach theological topics. The theological support for the start of World War I motivated Barth to consider civilization unable to hear and obey divine command. As a result, he returned to scriptural study and composed works which “created a new situation for the Evangelical-Roman Catholic debate”. After thirty two years of writing Barth completed thirteen volumes of his theological manual, Church Dogmatics.
The second volume of this manual, The Doctrine of God, included …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how karl barth's theological manual, church dogmatics, and the second volume, the doctrine of god, address divine election.
  • Analyzes how the dutch reformed theologian jacob arminius erects divine election as an unshakable doctrine in the declaration of sentiments.
  • Analyzes the arguments against 's understanding of divine election. article five explains that no possible thing can surely be determined necessary due to divine decree, while the eighteenth article stresses that god certainly saves a great number of people.
  • Explains that john calvin's institutes of the christian religion is a crucial resource on the subject of divine election.
  • Analyzes how the institutes of the christian religion reacts to a few theories contradicting calvin's understanding of divine election.
  • Analyzes how karl barth's writings refuted any potential support for unitarianism. he believes in predestination but not the same as the other theologians.

This manual methodically guides readers through a strategic calculation leading to Arminius’s conclusion concerning election. The process involves identifying divine decrees in the following sequential order; Initially, God decreed to appoint Jesus Christ to abolish sin with his own blood, Next, God decreed to favorably receive those who repent and believe in Christ and allow those refusing Christ to remain in sin and wrath, Thirdly, God decreed the means by which effective repentance and faithfully perseverance could occur, Finally, God decreed to save those whom he foreknew would believe and accept his son and damn those who would not believe or …show more content…

Bath’s book, Church Dogmatics, explains that each individual election completes an opening up and enlargement of the closed circle of the election of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, Barth’s cryptic language even hindered the understanding of this author. A more clear declaration of Jesus’s involvement in election would illuminate Barth’s understanding. His writings had already proclaimed that Jesus was the beginning and end of salvation. In other words, Jesus’s death destroyed the bondage of sin but his sacrifice must be accepted. Therefore, Barth was able to communicate a perspective interweaving the strengths of the theories proceeding him in his notion of Christ Jesus to refute any support of

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