This work demonstrates the significance of Karl Barth’s Christology by examining it in the context of his orientation toward the classical tradition—an orientation that was both critical and sympathetic. To compare this Christology with the doctrine’s history, Sumner suggests first that the Chalcedonian portrait of the incarnation is conceptually vulnerable at a number of points. By recasting the doctrine in actualist terms—the history of Jesus’ lived existence as God’s fulfillment of His covenant with creatures, rather than a metaphysical uniting of natures—Barth is able to move beyond problems inherent in the tradition.
“of the early church stands in need of a new prioritizing” (Page 40)
“Christ ‘who God is’ immanently and ‘who God reveals Himself to be’ in the economy are identical” (Page 13)
“Does the Christology of Karl Barth give answers that better address the tensions present in this account” (Page 8)
“assumption of and concealment within a creaturely medium well into the Church Dogmatics” (Page 94)
“unresolved issues that persist in traditional attempts to describe the incarnation” (Page 3)