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Barth on the Descent into Hell : God, Atonement and the Christian Life - David Lauber

Barth on the Descent into Hell

God, Atonement and the Christian Life

Hardcover Published: 28th March 2004
ISBN: 9780754633419
Number Of Pages: 196

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The Christian confession that Jesus Christ descended into hell has been variously misunderstood or simply neglected by the Church and dogmatic theology. This work is a significant retort to dogmatic forgetfulness and ecclesial misunderstanding. It succeeds in doing so by offering a close reading and critical analysis of Karl Barth's treatment of the descent into hell and its relation to his extraordinary theology of the atonement. The reach of David Lauber's work is extended by placing Barth in conversation with Hans Urs von Balthasar's innovative theology of Holy Saturday. In revealing and unexpected ways, this book casts light upon the ecumenical breadth of Barth's theology. It is a valuable interpretation of significant facets of Barth's doctrine of God, reflection upon the passion of Jesus Christ, and ethics. In addition, Lauber offers a constructive theological proposal for how the descent into hell affects the theological interpretation of Scripture, the trinitarian being and activity of God, and the non-violent and authentic shape of Christian life and witness before our enemies.

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'... the clearest exposition of Barth's theology of the atonement currently available in English...' Reviews in Religion and Theology 'One mark of a good book is the protracted discussion it catalyzes with its principals and its topic. In this regard Lauber's book is exemplary.' Toronto Journal of Theology '...David Lauber displays with peerless competence in this brilliant study, the doctrine of Christ's descent into hell forms an essential cornerstone (not the only one, to be sure) of the Barthian edifice...[David Lauber] has chosen one of the most crucial themes of theology for his brief, and one of the twentieth century's most important advocates of the doctrine of the Descent to boot, he has also set forth his exposition so clearly that his readers learn an amazing amount about Barth...' Modern Theology 'Lauber's book is a gift to both church and academy, and a reminder that as the faith of the church seeks understanding, Karl Barth still has much to offer us in our quest.' Bulletin of the Institute for Reformed Theology

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Permissionsp. viii
Abbreviationsp. ix
Karl Barth: Jesus Christ's death in God-abandonment as the descent into hellp. 1
Barth's reflection on the Apostles' Creedp. 5
Barth and the reformed traditionp. 10
The significance of Jesus Christ's death as grounded in the doctrine of Godp. 12
Jesus Christ dies the second deathp. 21
The death of Jesus Christ as the experience of hell in Barth's 'Doctrine of Reconciliation'--Church Dogmatics IVp. 27
Hans Urs von Balthasar and a theology of Holy Saturdayp. 42
Adrienne von Speyr's gift and Heart of the Worldp. 43
The shape of Balthasar's soteriologyp. 48
Balthasar's dramatic soteriologyp. 55
The descent into hellp. 65
The biblical character of the descent into hellp. 76
A biblical basis for the descent into hell?p. 76
Scripture and Barth's interpretation of the descent into hellp. 77
Scripture and Balthasar's interpretation of the descent into hellp. 82
Interpretative and theological decisionsp. 87
Barth and Balthasar on the construction of atonement doctrinep. 93
Balthasar's extension of the biblical narrativep. 99
Conclusion: the descent into hell and scripturep. 110
The descent into hell and the Trinityp. 113
Jurgen Moltmann's theology of the cross and the descent into hellp. 113
Interpretations of Jesus' prayer in Gethsemanep. 115
Jesus Christ's death and descent into hell and change in the life of Godp. 119
The descent into hell and God's lovep. 124
The descent into hell and the immanent and economic Trinityp. 131
The descent into hell and divine sufferingp. 138
Alan Lewis' Between Cross and Resurrection: A Theology of Holy Saturdayp. 145
Conclusion: the descent into hell and the Trinityp. 149
The descent into hell and discipleshipp. 153
God's love as non-violent enemy-love and the shape of discipleshipp. 153
The descent into hell and the ethic of non-violent enemy-lovep. 162
Conclusion: the descent into hell, Christian love and discipleshipp. 176
Bibliographyp. 179
Indexp. 182
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ISBN: 9780754633419
ISBN-10: 0754633411
Series: Barth Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 28th March 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Type: New edition

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