One looks almost in vain for a major discussion of sin during the twentieth century. Does guilt before God still have meaning in the context of modern developments such as Marxism and psycho-analitical approaches to who man is? This essay attempts to examine the way that theology has sought to come to terms with the idea of sin during the twentieth century.
This paper reflects on Karl Barth's treatment of war in his Church Dogmatics. It indicates that this is in part a reflection of Barth's personal experience of World War I. It gives Barth's theological basis for his response to war. A final section of the essay deals with the contemporary relevance of Barth's view.
This article engages with criticisms made by Bonhoeffer towards Karl Barth's theology of "Positivism of Revelation." In the analysis, it is also evident that there is need to properly understand the meaning of Bonhoeffer's expression, which can only be done through the careful study of his writings.
What should a Reformed pastor make of ecumenism? The article addresses this by considering the biblical foundation of ecumenism, from the time of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and further worked out in redemptive history. Biblical ecumenism is based on salvation through grace alone.
This article examines the views of Thomas Torrance as a significant development of Karl Barth's theology concerning natural theology, general revelation, and natural science. It first wants to make clear what is meant by Barth's rejection of natural theology on Christological grounds. Next, it examines how Torrance integrates natural theology into his Christology.
Philosophical views exert a strong influence on theology. This paper introduces themes from the philosophy of Hegel in contemporary German theology. Illustrations are given from the theology of Hans Kung, W. Pannenberg, Karl Barth, and K. Rahner. The author considers the appropriateness of incorporating thoughts from Hegel's philosophy in theology.
The subject reflected upon in this chapter is the inspiration of Scripture. The authors consider Scripture’s unique claim on its readers and its unique authorship and how this is challenged in the modern age. Particular attention is paid to the school of Princeton and in particular the views of B. B. Warfield on verbal inspiration (plenary inspiration).