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God's Being is in Becoming: The Trinitarian Being of God in the Theology of Karl Barth [Hardcover]

Eberhard Jungel , John Webster

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July 5 2001
This new edition of Jungel's exposition and examnination of Karl Barth's doctrine of the Trinity, and development of Jungel's own theology incorporates a new introduction by Professor John Webster.

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'Jungel's achievement remains. Of all those schooled by Barth, he is the one who has sought to honour the teacher not by repetition but by thinking through Barth's work and allowing himself to be goaded by it into responsible theological discourse...' --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Eberhard Jüngel is Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion, University of Tübingen, Germany.John Webster is Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Aberdeen. His published work includes a number of books on the theology of Karl Barth, on the nature and interpretation of Scripture, and on Christian dogmatics, including Confessing God. He edited The Oxford Handbook to Systematic Theology, and is an editor of The International Journal of Systematic Theology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Self-Revelation of God March 13 2010
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Although Eberhard Jüngel would consider this work to be a "summary" of Karl Barth's doctrine of God's self-revelation, it clearly moves beyond Barth to take the argument into new areas of thought. The book excels in that it shows the value of theological language to describe those things that transcend both analytic and continental categories. Since summing up Jüngel's dense thinking in a few paragraphs would be impossible, might I instead share a final passage (and nudge to Heidegger) that was extremely insightful:

"God's self-relatedness thus springs from the becoming in which God's being is. The becoming in which God's being is is a becoming out of the word in which God says Yes to himself. But to God's affirmation of himself there corresponds the affirmation of the creature through God. In the affirmation of his creature, as it becomes event in the incarnation of God, God reiterates his self-relatedness in relation to the creature, as revealer, revelation and as revealedness. This christological relation to the creature is also a becoming in which God's being is. But in that God in Jesus Christ became man, he is as creature exposed to perishing. Is God's being in becoming, here, a being-unto-death?

The New Testament witness answers this question with the message of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This message witnesses that where God's being in becoming was swallowed up in perishing, perishing was itself swallowed up in the becoming. In this it was established that God's being remains a being in becoming. In the event of the death of Jesus Christ, God remains true to himself as the triune God in his Yes to humanity. In the death of Jesus Christ, God's Yes, which constitutes all being, exposed itself to the No of nothingness. In the resurrection of Jesus Christ this Yes prevailed over the 'No' of nothingness. And in just this victory it was established through grace why there is something at all, and not rather nothing" (122-123).

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