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History, Holocaust and Revelation: Beyond the Barthian Limits

Lindsay, Mark R. (2005) History, Holocaust and Revelation: Beyond the Barthian Limits. Theology Today, 61 (1). pp. 455-470. ISSN 0040-5736


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This article explores the still unresolved debate surrounding the relationship of history to theology, specifically the role of traumatic history in the construction of theological discourse. It is suggested here that, in order for theology to adequately address the needs of contemporary culture, a revision of the traditional concept of revelation is required, so that historical events can be seen as revelatory in themselves, while simultaneously maintaining the integrity of the revelation-idea and the historical particularities of the events thermselves. The Holocaust serves as a paradigm of history-as-revelation, while the work of Dietrich Ritschl provides a model for the redefinition of revelation.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: History, Holocaust, Shoah, Karl Barth, revelation, Dietrich Ritschl, natural theology
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: Other University of Divinity
Depositing User: Repository Manager
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2009 02:40
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2012 04:09
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/227

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