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Mitch's answer provides an excellent summary of Barth's views on the issue of the English word "person," as well as a helpful quote from Barth's Christian Dogmatics. To supplement that, I'll reference theologians who have analyzed Barth's argument and dealt with this question. Criticism Barth's foremost critic from the conservative side was Cornelius van ...


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If God “shows no partiality,” how do Calvinists defend predestination? The application of "predestination" would by definition be "before". Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Since there is much we do not know, some interesting ...


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Gen14:14 When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. Abraham had a gigantic household – 300 men of fighting age, not including children or the elderly. That was a lot of cirumcisions – and problematic for those who teach that God's everlasting ...


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Disclaimer: I don't profess to reflect the views of any of the "reformers" in my solution below. It is important to be very accurate when using terms. This is part of correctly distinguishing ("rightly dividing") the scriptures: "justification" relates to the forgiveness of sins. This is entirely on the basis of faith. "salvation" refers to deliverance ...


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Charles Hodge provides a simple argument in his Systematic Theology (1.5.13.B). He begins on the same ground as stated in the question: that the glory of God is the ultimate purpose for everything. This, he says, implies that God manifesting himself is the "highest conceivable, or possible good," and that it is the ultimate purpose of creation, providence, ...



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