Tyler J. Frick

Karl Barth's Ontology of Divine Grace

God's Decision is God's Being

[Karl Barths Ontologie der göttlichen Gnade. Gottes Entscheidung ist Gottes Sein.]

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In this study, Tyler Frick aims to display and commend the theological ontology that arises from a careful analysis of Karl Barth's understanding of divine action.
Karl Barth's rigorous and singular focus on God's reconciling and revealing activity in Jesus Christ yields a profoundly compelling ontological vision. In this study, Tyler J. Frick explores Barth's understanding of God's being and particularly Barth's contention in Church Dogmatics II/1 that God is essentially gracious in God's original and proper triune life. The author argues that Barth's doctrine of election expounded in Church Dogmatics II/2 provides Barth with the sufficient conceptual framework to ensure that there is no bifurcation between what God does in the economy of grace and who and what God is as triune. This analysis demonstrates the Trinitarian consequences present in Barth's later volumes, which arise from Barth's insistence that the doctrine of election is the eternal decision in which God graciously elects Godself to become humanity's God in the covenant-fulfilling existence of Jesus Christ.

Tyler J. Frick Born 1986; 2010 BA; 2013 MA; 2019 PhD in Systematic Theology from King's College, University of Aberdeen; currently an independent scholar living in Seattle, Washington.


The following reviews are known:

In: Reading Religion — (Bradley Penner)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 148 (2023), pp. 485–487 (Brandon K. Watson)
In: Theologische Revue —–4282 (Martin Hailer)