Karl Barth and the concursus Dei - A Chalcedonianism too far?

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This article considers the account in the work of Karl Barth of the concursus Dei - that part of the doctrine of providence which deals with the fatherly lordship of God as it accompanies the free activity of the creature. In recent Barth literature, the term 'Chalcedonian' has regularly been used to describe Barth's construal of the concursus Dei, on the basis of the christocentric derivation of his doctrine of providence. Nevertheless, this article suggests that this particular use of christological vocabulary is unhelpful, and concludes that, on historical, material and methodological grounds, the term 'Chalcedonian' in this context should be avoided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-72
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Systematic Theology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007


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