Sunday, February 13, 2011

The identity of the creator

In his wonderful book, Karl Barth, John Webster  gives a nice overview of the content, context, and significance of Barth's doctrine of Creation. He points out that Barth's doctrine is distinctly different from that of other modern theologians. Specifically, it is not apologetic. It is trinitarian. It is not prolegomena, i.e. it is not just introductory material to more substantial doctrine. Furthermore, Barth freed the doctrine from abstract debates about ``causality.'' The doctrine is “not simply an account of origins, the doctrine …. talks of the creator’s identity rather than of some opaque act undertaken by a nameless force.”

God separates light from darkness, Raphael (1518-1519).

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