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The Heavenly Witness to God: Karl Barth's Doctrine of Angels

Lindsay, Mark R. (2017) The Heavenly Witness to God: Karl Barth's Doctrine of Angels. Scottish Journal of Theology, 70 (1). pp. 1-18. ISSN 0036-9306

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    Abstract

    Karl Barth’s doctrine of angels has yet to receive sustained scholarly attention. This article begins the work of addressing that omission. In particular, it argues that Barth’s unique construal of the angelic being and purpose compels him to propose that the angels have a mediatorial function in the service of God’s revelation. While being both necessary to and consistent with Barth’s description of the angels’ ontology, this service of mediation contradicts his earlier doctrine of revelation and is superfluous to it.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): ambassadors, angels, mediation, revelation, witness
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): C - Systematic Theology
    Association with University of Divinity: TRC: Trinity College
    Depositing User: Prof Mark Lindsay
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 14:36
    Last Modified: 21 Mar 2017 14:36
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2235

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