The Doctrine of Election: Calvin vs. Barth vs. Luther vs. Schleiermacher

Stephen D Morrison
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Comparing the doctrine of election in Karl Barth, John Calvin, Martin Luther, and Friedrich Schleiermacher.

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  1. Stephen hi

    Thanks for this and your other material, all brilliantly clear. Following on from this video, I’d love it if you could cover in more detail

    (I) how Schleiermacher’s universalism echoes some of the Church Fathers. If so, why and when did the church lose sight of it? Was it when the church became the means to enforce public morality and needed a stick to wield ?

    (ii) free will, always the terminological and ontological shadow hiding in any discussion of election and which I take to mean some sort of ‘autonomous power of contrary choice’. What would it mean to say we don’t have free will? What would it mean to say we did? Would it be biblical to say we are being led into some sort of free will?

    Thanks

    On a lighter note, Barth here sounds like the child in Sunday school who knows that the answer to every question is ‘Jesus’!

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