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The Inseparable Bond Between Covenant And Predestination. Cocceius And Barth

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Twentieth-century interest in federal theology in general and in Cocceius theology in particular was primarily motivated by the intention to compensate for the post-Reformation Reformed interest in the doctrine of predestination by the notion of the covenant. The alleged role of predestination as the Zentraldogma gave so-called Reformed orthodoxy the image of a harsh, rationalist, fatalistic system. In this chapter, a strand of Reformed theology in which the loving fellowship between God and believers played a crucial role was more than welcome, fitting as it was into the typically twentieth-century interest in thinking God as love. Thus, twentieth-century research on Cocceius interpreted his theology as biblical rather than scholastic, historical rather than rationalist, experiential rather than abstract.

Keywords: Barth; Cocceius; reformed theology



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