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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: 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
Subjects: C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Mr Micah Daley-Carey
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 03:36
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 04:23
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2951

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