Fully Alive Hardback

The Glory of God and the Human Creature in Karl Barth, Hans Urs Von Balthasar, and Theological Exegesis of Scripture

by Jason A. Fout;


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Fully Alive

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Numerous contemporary theologians depict divine glory as overwhelming to or competitive with human agency. In effect, this makes humanity a threat to God's glory, and causes God's glory to remain opaque to human enquiry and foreign to human life. Karl Barth and Hans Urs von Balthasar have avoided this tendency, instead depicting God's glory as enabling people to participate in glorifying God. Nevertheless both accounts fall short of their initial promise by giving one-dimensional accounts of human obedience to God within largely conventional divine command accounts of ethics. The form of human obedience they present as compatible with divine glory does not actively overwhelm the human, but rather brackets out her agency as inappropriate in the face of divine revelation or command. And so, ironically, on these accounts God's glory remains opaque to human enquiry and foreign to human life. This study builds a case for seeing divine glory as intrinsically relational, creating a sociality which allows for a human agency transfigured by God's glory.
Moving beyond Barth and von Balthasar, this work turns to theological exegesis of Scripture to construct an alternative account of divine glory. This glory is worked out in the act of glorifying: first in God, then in divine glorifying of humans, creating a responsive human glorifying of God; and finally in processes of honouring or glorifying among humans. Divine glory is shown to be consistent with a responsive and creative human obedience to God, and shown to constitute human agency which is creaturely and dependent yet not overwhelmed.

Fully Alive by Jason A. Fout was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in March 2015. The ISBN for Fully Alive is 9780567659439.

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Page last updated 19th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (March 2015)
Weight515g
Number of Pages224
Thickness14 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9780567659439
ISBN-100567659437
Product Code4300709
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