By Matthias Gockel

The 1st exact comparability among the theologies of Friedrich Schleiermacher and the early dialectical theology of Karl Barth. Matthias Gockel indicates that the doctrine of election in Barth's early theology bears a outstanding resemblance to the placement 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 evaluation of the doctrine not just in Church Dogmatics II/2, yet within the moment version of his Epistle to the Romans and in his first sequence of lectures on Systematic Theology, the so-called G?ttingen Dogmatics. consequently, a resemblance among Schleiermacher and Barth is already discernible in Barth's early theology - at a time whilst he used to be writing his such a lot virulent criticisms of Schleiermacher.

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22 According to Schleiermacher, the doctrine of election is the most cogent explanation of the indispensability of divine grace for salvation through Jesus Christ, and when understood correctly it does not have the detrimental consequences attributed to it by Bretschneider. 23 2 . E L E C TI O N A N D GE NE RA L RE D E M P T I O N THROUGH CHRIST After the discussion of the crucial point in the debate over election and its relation to the believer’s new life in Christ, Schleiermacher turns to the diYcult question whether the doctrine of election contradicts the idea of general redemption through Christ.

Schleiermacher sets forth a more theocentric position that surpasses the Lutheran idea of a two-fold divine will for the elect and the reprobate as well as the Calvinist idea of a divine predestination to damnation. He argues that election and reprobation are not expressions of individual relations between God and humankind. ’ Ibid. 3. 59 Ibid. 19–41. 36 Probing the Tradition individual persons altogether. 60 Schleiermacher’s revision marks an important advance, since he is now able to explain that the idea of an unconditional divine decree does not necessarily imply a denial of general redemption, as many critics of the doctrine had claimed.

Gu¨nter Bader, ‘Su¨nde und Bewußtsein der Su¨nde. Zu Schleiermachers Lehre von der Su¨nde’, Zeitschrift fu¨r Theologie und Kirche 79 (1982), 63. 3). 42 A Universal Predestination fundamental contrast between the highest and the sensible selfconsciousness but refers to their relation when the God-consciousness is actualized. Pleasure occurs when the highest self-consciousness is actualized easily. Together they constitute a pious moment, and their steady correlation marks the life of a pious person.

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