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By Matthias Gockel

The 1st unique comparability among the theologies of Friedrich Schleiermacher and the early dialectical theology of Karl Barth. Matthias Gockel exhibits that the doctrine of election in Barth's early theology bears a impressive resemblance to the location of Schleiermacher. He demanding situations the normal knowledge that those positions - or `liberal theology' and `dialectical theology' - stand in irreconcilable competition. Barth articulates a clean review of the doctrine not just in Church Dogmatics II/2, yet within the moment variation of his Epistle to the Romans and in his first sequence of lectures on Systematic Theology, the so-called G?ttingen Dogmatics. therefore, a resemblance among Schleiermacher and Barth is already discernible in Barth's early theology - at a time whilst he was once writing his such a lot virulent criticisms of Schleiermacher.

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Schleiermacher concludes that election and reprobation are the contrasting yet united aspects of the single divine decree, based on the divine will that creates and orders everything, by which humankind shall be regenerated and transformed into the spiritual body of Christ. In the actual course of the proclamation of the gospel, not all human beings respond to it in the same way. Those who are captured by the power of God’s Word and become regenerated are the elect; those who are not captured by it, either because they were not receptive to it or they died before it reached them, are the overlooked or the reprobate.

26 The misunderstanding is rooted in his claim that according to Schleiermacher ‘the source of all religion is in the ‘‘feeling of absolute dependence’’ ’,27 whereas this feeling is simply the common element 22 Ibid. 1). ’ Ibid. ). 24 See Dalferth, Theology and Philosophy, 108; Albrecht, Schleiermachers Theorie der Fro¨mmigkeit, 209–60. 25 George Lindbeck, The Nature of Doctrine. Religion and Theology in a Postliberal Age (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1984), 21. 2). 27 Lindbeck, The Nature of Doctrine, 21.

In The Christian Faith, he will show more openness for the consideration of the determining reasons of the divine decree (see below, Ch. a). 24–6. 54 Hence, a person’s desire for redemption and his or her opening up for the inXuence of the Spirit is neither a predetermined outcome nor the result of an arbitrary historical process. It belongs to the new creation that continually spreads and develops ‘the richest variety of the spiritual life out of the mass of nothingness and corruption’,55 representing the kingdom of God.

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