The Doctrine of God in Reformed Orthodoxy, Karl Barth, and the Utrecht School

A Study in Method and Content

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Author: R.T. te Velde
In The Doctrine of God Dolf te Velde examines the interaction of method and content in three historically important accounts of the doctrine of God. Does the method of a systematic theology affect the belief content expressed by it? Can substantial insights be detected that have a regulative function for the method of a doctrine of God?
This two-way connection of method and content is investigated in three phases of Reformed theology. The first seeks to discover inner dynamics of Reformed scholastic theology. The second part treats Karl Barth’s doctrine of God as a contrast model for scholasticism, understood in the framework of Barth’s theological method. The third part offers a first published comprehensive description and analysis of the so-called Utrecht School. The closing chapter draws some lines for developing a Reformed doctrine of God in the 21st century.

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Dolf te Velde, Ph.D. (2010, Theological University Kampen), is minister of the Reformed Church (liberated), and postdoctoral researcher at the Theological University Kampen. He wrote several articles on systematic and historical theology, and co-edited Reformed Thought on Freedom (Baker Academic, 2010)
List of Abbreviations ... xi
Preface ... xiii

1. I ntroduction ... 1

PART 1
THE DOCTRINE OF GOD IN REFORMED ORTHODOXY

2. Approaching Reformed Orthodoxy ... 19

3. Reformed Orthodoxy in Its Historical Context ... 44

4. Reformed Orthodox Methodology ... 77

5. Doctrine of God: Names, Being, Attributes ... 110

6. Doctrine of God: Attributes of the First Order ... 139

7. Doctrine of God: Attributes of the Second Order ... 175

8. Conclusions ... 243

PART 2
THE DOCTRINE OF GOD IN THE THEOLOGY OF KARL BARTH

9. I ntroduction ... 259

10. The Development of Barth’s Theological Method ... 268

11. Doctrine of God: Entrance ... 337

12. Doctrine of God: Perfections ... 364

13. Doctrine of God: Election and Command ... 404

14. Analysis and Discussion ... 423

15. Conclusions ... 454

PART 3
THE DOCTRINE OF GOD IN THE UTRECHT SCHOOL

16. I ntroduction ... 481

17. Approaches of the Utrecht School ... 485

18. The Doctrine of God: Foundations ... 546

19. The Doctrine of God: Elaboration ... 571

20. Putting Together the Utrecht Doctrine of God ... 645

21. Conclusions and Discussions ... 655

22. Conclusions ... 693

Bibliography ... 793
Index ... 809
Scholars and students in historical and systematic theology, with a special interest in the methodical and hermeneutical presuppositions of Reformed theology; philosophers interested in the logic of Christian doctrine.