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Karl Barth Having No-thing to Hope

Author(s): John C. McDowell

Journal: Journal for Christian Theological Research
ISSN 1087-1624

Volume: 11;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2006;
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Barth's work on eschatology deserves more critical prominence than it has frequently been given. Theologians ought to think much more carefully about what it is to hope as a Christian, or, better, as one whose determination and responsibility are ecclesially learned and performed in witness to God’s coming in Jesus Christ. He challenges the very kind objectivity of hope that makes what Christians hope for just another object; and in so doing, Barth casts serious suspicion on the subjectivity of hope that is therein necessitated (stable subjects of hope who can hope for different types of things). For Barth we have been given time to hope, and this hope is only appropriately Christian hope insofar as it is engaged in its task of de-demonising the world and de-centering the subjectivity of much that passes for hope-full living today.
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