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Defeat of Satan

Karl Barth's Three-Agent Account of Salvation

Defeat of Satan

Karl Barth's Three-Agent Account of Salvation

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£90.00

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567698230
Number of Pages: 176
Published: 24/02/2022
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
This book offers an innovative, critical, and constructive exploration of Barth’s theology, one which demonstrates the radicality of his thought and which underscores the continued contribution he might make to theological reflection on a central element of the Christian tradition. Declan Kelly uncovers the promise of viewing Barth’s account of salvation as a “three-agent drama”—a drama involving God, humanity, and anti-God powers. Kelly demonstrates and examines Barth’s cosmological portrayal of God’s saving event as a defeat of the lordship of Satan in the cosmos—and, bound up with this, as an ending of God’s “left handed” activity—and as the bringing into existence of a new creation under the rule of God’s right hand. Barth’s doctrines of election, the atonement, and the resurrection receive a fresh reading as the book explores his apocalyptic grasp of God’s eschatological deed of salvation and as it puts forward the claim—with and against Barth—that the climax of this deed of salvation is best located in the event of God’s raising of Christ from the dead.

Dr Declan Kelly (Independent Scholar, UK)

Declan Kelly holds a PhD in systematic theology from the University of Aberdeen, UK.

Kelly has authored a very fine and surprising study of Barth's mature 'report' on the devil and God's triumph over all his works in the theology of the Church Dogmatics. His close reading of Barth's soteriology and his insightful analysis of the prominence and significance of this theme is as compelling as it is unsettling of received opinions, and rightly reminds us of the biblical depth and complexity of the Swiss theologian's dogmatic programme. -- Philip G. Ziegler, University of Aberdeen, UK In this engaging and lucid volume, Declan Kelly demonstrates that the role of the Third Agent extends further into Karl Barth's soteriology than has previously been understood. His work will be instructive well beyond the confines of Barth scholarship. In particular, students of Pauline theology will find much that is of interest, particularly regarding Barth's articulation of the relationship between cross and resurrection. Highly recommended! -- Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Princeton Theological Seminary, USA Declan Kelly subjects Barth's soteriology in Church Dogmatics to a fresh and remarkable interpretation. He points to a cosmological depth dimension of Barth's soteriology and shows that, in the wake of the doctrine of election, Barth conceives the doctrine of salvation as a three-agent drama. As a result, this study succeeds in uncovering, among other important things, new patterns of continuity (especially with CD III/3, 50 and CD IV/3, 69) that have been overlooked in the previous exclusively forensic interpretation of CD IV/1, 59. This book represents an important contribution to Barth research. -- Matthias D. Wuthrich, Universitat Zurich, Switzerland

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