The Justice of God

The Justice of God This article analyzes the views on God's justice of Albrecht Ritschl, Hermann Cremer, Karl Barth, and Eberhard Jüngel, which presuppose that God's essence is love and that the justification of the sinner reveals God's justice. Four problems with this approach are discussed: its essentialist framework; its understanding of God's divinity as love; its neglect of other forms of God's justice; its one‐sided interpretation of the biblical notion of justice. On the basis of the variety of God's just acts in relation to a variety of people, an alternative understanding of God's justice is proposed, in which God's attributes are understood as distinct identity‐defining properties of himself. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modern Theology Wiley

The Justice of God

Modern Theology , Volume 34 (3) – Jan 1, 2018
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© 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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0266-7177
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1468-0025
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10.1111/moth.12422
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Abstract

This article analyzes the views on God's justice of Albrecht Ritschl, Hermann Cremer, Karl Barth, and Eberhard Jüngel, which presuppose that God's essence is love and that the justification of the sinner reveals God's justice. Four problems with this approach are discussed: its essentialist framework; its understanding of God's divinity as love; its neglect of other forms of God's justice; its one‐sided interpretation of the biblical notion of justice. On the basis of the variety of God's just acts in relation to a variety of people, an alternative understanding of God's justice is proposed, in which God's attributes are understood as distinct identity‐defining properties of himself.

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Modern TheologyWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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