Cover

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Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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List of Figures

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pp. ix-x

Abbreviations

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pp. xi-xii

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Acknowledgements

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pp. xiii-xiv

This book is a revised version of my dissertation submitted to Princeton Theological Seminary in 2012. My thanks, therefore, go first to my teachers and friends at Princeton. Professor George Hunsinger has been not only my advisor but also my mentor and...

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1. Barth and the Reformed Doctrine of Providence

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pp. 1-24

The doctrine of providence is the church teaching that God has not only created the world but also keeps taking care of it as its Lord. It is an ancient biblical teaching that has stayed close to the center of Christian faith. A brief survey of major theologians such...

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2. Calvin’s Doctrine of Predestination

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pp. 25-86

How does Calvin’s doctrine of providence stand against Barth’s criticism? In order to answer this question, I will first lay out the basic structure of his doctrine. I will then look at the problem of christocentrism and the closely related problems of determinism and...

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3. Schleiermacher and God the Almighty

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pp. 87-146

We now turn our attention to Friedrich D. E. Schleiermacher’s doctrine of providence. Similar to our examination of Calvin, we will start by explaining Schleiermacher’s version of the doctrine in his dogmatics, The Christian Faith. At first glance, Barth’s criticism—that...

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4. Barth and God the Father as Lord

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pp. 147-206

In light of Calvin’s and Schleiermacher’s discussions of providence, we are now in a better position to see how Barth formulates his own doctrine in an implicit and sometimes explicit conversation with them. The systematic coordination of subjects and the intensity of...

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5. Conclusion

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pp. 207-224

We now return to the initial question of this study: Is Barth justified in his critique of Calvin’s and Schleiermacher’s doctrines of providence? As we have seen throughout, Schleiermacher is the real danger that Barth wants to thwart. Barth’s discussion of the “tragedy...

Bibliography

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pp. 225-240

Index of Subjects and Names

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pp. 241-248