So I had another day delving deep into theological mysteries to profound. Thanks to Khegan, my new found theological friend, I read Aaron Smith's paper "God’s self-specification: his being is his electing" SJT 62(1): 1–25 (2009) and George Husinger "Election and the Trinity: Twenty-Five Theses on The Theology of Karl Barth" Modern Theology 24:2 April 2008. I ordered Engaging the Doctrine of God ed. Bruce L. Mccormack and will probably get Orthodox and Modern: Studies in the Theology of Karl Barth by Bruce L. McCormack. I have not adequately understood McCormack's position, and the only way to fairly evaluate his views is to read his material. Bruce McCormack was most engaging at the recent Trinitarian Theology After Barth conference, and he really made me think. I found Paul Molnar's article, available online, The Trinity and the Freedom of God exceptionally helpful and next week will give occassion to reading his book: Divine Freedom and the Doctrine of the Immanent Trinity.
The questions that arise from this thinking and reflecting thus far, are as follows:
- What is the relationship between the immanent and economic trinity? Are they the same? Different? How? When? Where?
- Is God’s being is constituted by God’s act?
- Who is the logos asarkos? Is he exactly the same as Jesus of Nazareth?
- What specific metaphysical presuppositions determine the answers to these questions, and how?
- Withregards to Barth, how does his doctrine of election shape/determine his understanding of the trinity?
- The ultimate question, which all of this finally leads to is, Who is God?
- My last question: Who on earth can answer these questions?
All this to say, I've forsaken biblical studies this month... But perhaps forsaking biblical studies in this discussion was my first mistake!