posted by C Tilling @ 8:34 PM
This is so insightful, thanks for alerting us to it! I do not know how far I can go with Campbell, but I (shamefully) have not spent the requisite time with his work to make any serious judgments. What I like is what resonates with Barth (and I just finished reading IV.1), especially Campbell's statements about "moralizing constructions" versus "starting the story with God," not reading Romans 1-3 as "a philosophical demonstration" of God, as if "reading the cosmos" -- therefore not grounding God "in the processes of our discovery or self-discovery." All of that could come straight from Barth (sorry if I am overly Barth-centric, but he is the theologian that I know best, by far). And his concerns about conditionality in justification resonate with Calvin as well (and I recently finished reading Institutes III as well, so it's fresh on my mind).
Basically you have captured the heart of DC right there! He is a Barthian reader of Paul, but hopefully in a way which helps us all better understand the text via in-depth exegesis. Tremendously exciting stuff. Simply put: He's ahead of other scholars working in this field, whatever the naysayers shout
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