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Barth and Schleiermacher on the Doctrine of Election: A Systematic-Theological Comparison

Matthias Gockel


The book argues that the doctrine of election in Karl Barth's early theology shows a striking resemblance to the position of Friedrich Schleiermacher, and that his later christological revision of the doctrine overcomes the limitations of his earlier ‘Schleiermacherian’ position. Initially, both agree that predestination is not a pre‐temporal decision by which God has decreed once and for all who will believe and who will not believe. Instead, the outcome of the divine decision is determined when God addresses a human being here and now. Schleiermacher's concept of a single divine decree is co ... More

Keywords: Bart, Schleiermacher, election, reprobation, double predestination, divine decree, theocentric, christological revision, universalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199203222
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203222.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthias Gockel, author
assistant pastor in a congregation near Wittenberg, Germany