Crisis and Judgment, Locus and Place

True radicalism understands that the crisis of God’s judgment rests on all human possibilities (McCormack 284). True radicalism invites the crisis to fall upon itself.

Knowledge of God itself brings on the crisis of judgment.  “The encounter of revelation with this world leaves in its wake a negative image; a copy, an impression, like a bomb crater. Whether that impression is called the law, circumcision, or simply religion is of no consequence” (285).

The church is the locus of divine judgment, positively understood.  Judgment is a gracious act. The church is the locus of judgment because it is first the locus of revelation (286).

There is a connection here with Oliver O’Donovan’s material on judgment.  Surprisingly, there aren’t that many monographs comparing/contrasting O’Donovan and Barth.  Open possibilities for PhD students.

 

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