Revisiting the Doctrine of the Divine Attributes: In by Christopher R.J. Holmes

By Christopher R.J. Holmes

There's turning out to be attractiveness that an account of God’s attributes is vital to the church’s proclamation. This learn provides 3 probing twentieth-century bills - these of Karl Barth, Eberhard Jüngel, and Wolf Krötke - each one of whom reformulated the classical form of the doctrine. Giving specific consciousness to the divine glory, the case is made that God, instead of being an unthinkable and unspeakable horizon, is the wonderful One, whose glory is his self-communication and the unifying horizon of attribution.

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In short, the glory of God attests that God is a communicative essence who holds nothing back in the works that are essentially his. Barth writes, commenting on Polanus, It is indeed the glory of God that He gives Himself to be known as all this, that He not merely is all this and maintains Himself as all this, but that He demonstrates Himself as all this, not holding back or concealing anything of it as He does not lack anything of it, but proving Himself to be God in it all: the One who is it all in His own divine way, in His free love, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Jüngel writes, analogy is “understood as the middle point between univocity and equivocity, in order to answer the question in which sense we can use common affirmative predicates, taken from the world’s language for the naming of creaturely being, to speak of God” (GM, 272). ”40 Regarding the impossibility of univocal speech Aquinas states, Univocal predication is impossible between God and creatures. 41 In other words, the human intellect does not fully receive the One who effects, for the effects which give rise to a naming are themselves proportioned according to the human intellect which knows only in a composite manner.

Krötke, following The Inherited Shape of the Doctrine 23 Werner Elert, notes that Gregory’s view of the incomprehensibility of the divine glory, although influenced by Platonism, was nonetheless dominant for the classical Christian understanding of God which sought to preserve God’s deity. 7 Gregory emphasized, in an unparalleled manner, the incomprehensibility and unspeakability of the deity. Accordingly, Gregory will not ask the question of what exists, rather only the mode of its existence. Regarding the doctrine of the Trinity, Godhead is the name given to the unity of operation that exists among the three persons or modes of existence.

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