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Particularity Regained: Kenotically Recovering a Theological Pedagogy in Karl Barth and Donald M. MacKinnon

Kirkland, Scott A. (2015) Particularity Regained: Kenotically Recovering a Theological Pedagogy in Karl Barth and Donald M. MacKinnon. Irish Theological Quarterly, 80 (1). pp. 56-82. ISSN 0021-1400

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The suspicion remains latent that Karl Barth concedes too much ground to Kantian epistemological structures. Upon investigation of Bruce McCormack’s work, Barth’s most well known North American interpreter, it would seem that this worry is justified. This paper seeks to rehabilitate a reading of Barth sensitive to the concerns raised, particularly by Rowan Williams, by bringing Barth into conversation with Donald MacKinnon over the question of Christ’s kenōsis. The suggestion will be made that Barth’s project is perhaps far more subversive of the Kantian epistemic structures largely left unquestioned by much of McCormack’s work. This, in turn,provides us with reason to raise concerns over McCormack’s reconstruction of Barth’s doctrine of election and the continued problems this raises for ‘learning about our learning.’

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Karl Barth, Donald M MacKinnon, Pedagogy, Kenosis
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
Subjects: C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Dr Scott Kirkland
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2016 04:03
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2016 04:04
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2114

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