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By Matthias Gockel

The 1st special comparability among the theologies of Friedrich Schleiermacher and the early dialectical theology of Karl Barth. Matthias Gockel exhibits that the doctrine of election in Barth's early theology bears a impressive resemblance to the location of Schleiermacher. He demanding situations the traditional knowledge that those positions - or `liberal theology' and `dialectical theology' - stand in irreconcilable competition. Barth articulates a clean overview of the doctrine not just in Church Dogmatics II/2, yet within the moment variation of his Epistle to the Romans and in his first sequence of lectures on Systematic Theology, the so-called G?ttingen Dogmatics. consequently, a resemblance among Schleiermacher and Barth is already discernible in Barth's early theology - at a time whilst he was once writing his such a lot virulent criticisms of Schleiermacher.

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In any case, his sermons do not address the topic of election directly. See Friedrich Schleiermacher, Der christliche Glaube, nach den Grundsa¨tzen der evangelischen Kirche im Zusammenhange dargestellt, vol. 1, ed. M. 3), hereafter cited as CG 1. 4 According to Schleiermacher, a positive science consists of productive, goal-oriented, multi-disciplinary activities, which thematize complex forms of communication. Martin Ro¨ssler, Schleiermachers Programm der Philosophischen Theologie (Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 1994), 45–53.

34 Ibid. 16–17. 35 Ibid. 9. Probing the Tradition 27 In order to explain the diverse responses to the historical proclamation of the gospel, Schleiermacher prefers to stay away altogether from the idea of a divine will regarding the election or reprobation of human beings as human beings. He argues that the general divine will is always a particularly determined will. 37 While the two parts of the claim are not new in themselves, their combination includes a stronger emphasis on the work of Christ than in traditional accounts of election, including those of Augustine and Calvin.

Ford L. Battles, John T. McNeill (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1960), 931 and 959. Calvin quotes Augustine’s allusion to the potter-image from Rom. 9:21–4 to support his position: a potter can make two kinds of vessels out of the same lump of clay. 12–40. W. Pannenberg notes that Schleiermacher rediscovered the universal historical context of the idea of election and overcame the abstract, unmediated relation 24 Probing the Tradition claim that God’s predestination applies to the saved and the lost over the Lutheran view that divine predestination applies only to the elect.

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