Faith in the modern Reformed church: Calvin and Barth
Keywords:Faith, Assurance, Justification, Scripture
Calvin and Barth are arguably the main exponents of two notable soteriological camps in the Reformed world nowadays and their soteriology has wide and sometimes unarticulated impacts on Reformed doctrine and praxis. By exploring the systematic theologies of Calvin and Barth, we articulate the similarities and differences between their views of faith. Both theologians emphasise that an individual’s faith must be in Christ and not in one’s own works; neither is one
justified because of one’s faith, but because of Christ’s redemptive work. The locus of faith is the main point of difference: Calvin locates an individual’s faith in the Christ revealed in the Bible, whereas Barth locates it in Christ’s immanent revelation of himself at a time of crisis. Behind this difference are divergent views of the Bible and its relationships with theology and praxis.
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