Identifying the Classical Theologia Crucis and in this Light Karl Barth's Modern Theology of the Cross

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dc.contributor.advisor Rev. Dr. Martin Sutherland en Bradbury, Rosalene Clare en 2009-05-25T00:31:42Z en 2009-05-25T00:31:42Z en 2009 en
dc.identifier.citation Thesis (PhD--Christian Thought and History)--University of Auckland, 2008. en
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dc.description.abstract This dissertation is presented in two parts. It first identifies the shape and content of an ancient system of Christian thought predicated on the theology of the cross of Jesus Christ, and proposes the marks typifying its theologians. Over against the ensuing hermeneutic it next finds the project of twentieth century Swiss theologian Karl Barth to exhibit many of the defining characteristics of this system, and Barth himself to be fairly deemed a modern theologian of the cross. He crucially recovers, reshapes and reasserts the classical theologia crucis as a modern theological instrument, one answering enlightened theology’s self-glorifying accommodation to modernity with the living Word of the cross. The crucicentric system itself is found to comprise two major theological dimensions, epistemological and soteriological. Each of these comprises dialectically corresponding aspects connected with false and true creaturely glory. The cruciform Word (or theology) speaking through this system likewise moves in two directions. It declares negatively that any attempt by the creature to circumvent the cross so as to know about God directly, or to condition God's electing decision, is necessarily the attempt to know and act as God alone may know and act - an attempt therefore on the glory of God. It declares positively that in the crucified Christ God formally discloses the knowledge of God, and determines the creature for God. This knowledge and election are appropriated to the creature as, drawn into the cruciform environment, its attempt to glorify itself is negated and Christ's exalted humanity received in exchange. Thence it is lifted to participate in Christ's mind and in his glory, a process guided by the Holy Spirit and completed eschatologically. The database for this research includes selected primary materials in the Apostle Paul, Athanasius, a group of medieval mystical theologians, the reformer Martin Luther - particularly here his Heidelberg Disputation, and Karl Barth. It also pays attention to the recent secondary literature peripherally or more concertedly connecting itself to the theology of the cross, of whatever period. In this literature numerous suggestions for the content of the theology of the cross exist, a major methodological task in the current research being to bring these together systematically. To the extent that the inner structure of the system carrying the cruciform Word has not previously been made explicit, and Barth's crucicentric status not finally determined, in moving towards these achievements this dissertation breaks fresh ground. In the process a new test by which to decide the crucicentric status of any theological project is developed, and a further and crucicentric way of reading Barth proposed. en
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dc.subject theology of the cross en
dc.subject theologia crucis en
dc.subject Kreuzestheologie en
dc.subject Paul, Apostle en
dc.subject Athanasius en
dc.subject Bernard of Clairvaux en
dc.subject Theologia Germanica en
dc.subject Johannes Tauler en
dc.subject Nicholas of Cusa en
dc.subject Meister Eckhart en
dc.subject Luther, Martin en
dc.subject Barth, Karl en
dc.subject Christology en
dc.subject epistemology en
dc.subject soteriology en
dc.subject eschatology en
dc.subject theology of glory en
dc.subject theologia gloriae en
dc.subject modernity en
dc.subject modernism en
dc.subject Schleiermacher, Friedrich en
dc.subject medieval mysticism en
dc.subject medieval mystics en
dc.subject Reformation en
dc.subject cross en
dc.subject crucifixion en
dc.subject Jesus Christ en
dc.subject Jesus en
dc.subject Christ en
dc.subject Calvin, John en
dc.subject Cappadocian Fathers en
dc.subject Antony the Great en
dc.subject wisdom en
dc.subject foolishness en
dc.subject Heidelberg Disputation en
dc.title Identifying the Classical Theologia Crucis and in this Light Karl Barth's Modern Theology of the Cross en
dc.type Thesis en Theology en The University of Auckland en Doctoral en PhD en
dc.subject.marsden Fields of Research::440000 Philosophy and Religion en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.local.anzsrc 22 - Philosophy and Religious Studies en Faculty of Arts en

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