Religious Studies and Theology, Vol 28, No 2 (2009)

Beyond Anthropocentrism in Barth’s Doctrine of Creation: Searching for a Theology of Nature

Andrew K. Gabriel
Issued Date: 12 May 2010


The critique raised most often regarding Karl Barth’s doctrine of creation concerns its anthropocentric nature. However, Barth himself moves beyond the anthropocentrism for which he is accused. Barth is indeed anthropocentric
in that his creation/covenant thesis tends to present non-human creation as a means to an end, in his exposition of the Genesis creation narratives, in his christological focus, in his understanding of the covenant, and in his anthropocentric doctrine of election, which is foundational to his understanding of the covenant. Nevertheless, Barth does not completely neglect nature. There are insights within his doctrine of creation that might be incorporated into a theology of nature, particularly that all of creation participates in the covenant.

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DOI: 10.1558/rsth.v28i2.175


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