Freedom, Necessity, and the Knowledge of God in Conversation with Karl Barth and Thomas F. Torrance

Footnote

Paul D. Molnar, Freedom, Necessity, and the Knowledge of God in Conversation with Karl Barth and Thomas F. Torrance (T&T Clark, 2022)

Bibliography

Molnar, Paul D. Freedom, Necessity, and the Knowledge of God in Conversation with Karl Barth and Thomas F. Torrance. T&T Clark, 2022

Publication life cycle / General notes

Forthcoming December 31, 2021, or sometime in early 2022.

Discussed in a roundtable in the 2021 Torrance Workshop-Retreat. Roundtable facilitated by Myk Habets, including Paul Molnar and George Hunsinger. Public video.

See Myk Habets, Jeremy Begbie, Kimlyn J. Bender, Darren Sarisky, and Paul D. Molnar, Panel Discussion at the Thomas F. Torrance Theological Fellowship Annual Meeting, San Antonio, November 17, 2023: #2023-TFTTF-1

See the book review in Participatio by Igor J. Davidson: #2023-IJD-1.

Abstract

Paul D. Molnar discusses issues related to the concepts of freedom and necessity in trinitarian doctrine. He considers the implications of “non-conceptual knowledge of God” by comparing the approaches of Karl Rahner and T. F. Torrance. He also reconsiders T. F. Torrance's “new” natural theology and illustrates why Christology must be central when discussing liberation theology. 

Further, he explores Catholic and Protestant relations by comparing the views of Elizabeth Johnson, Walter Kasper and Karl Barth, as well as relations among Christians, Jews and Muslims by considering whether it is appropriate to claim that all three religions should be understood to be united under the concept of monotheism. 

Finally, he probes the controversial issues of how to name God in a way that underscores the full equality of women and men and how to understand “universalism” by placing Torrance and David Bentley Hart into conversation on that subject.

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