After a couple of days thinking about the fatal event that happened in Pittsburgh on Saturday, I return to R. Kendall Soulen’s The God of Israel and Christian Theology.
Three theologians feature in Soulen’s attempt to reinterpret the Christian gospel. The most important is Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The Hitler regime hanged him in its closing days. He had not fleshed out his thinking. So we do not know where he would have gone.
But one of his insights is that Western theology had departed from biblical religion in that it had become too much indebted to rationalist and individualistic tendencies in European thought.
Soulen uses this insight to go back and revisit the thought of Barth and Rahner, the other two important theologians.
Earlier Soulen found Barth wanting because he cut off the work of God in Israel after the coming of Christ. Barth, he says, was right to see…
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