The problem of polarization: An approach based on the writings of G.C. Berkouwer

Cameron, Charles Millar (1983) The problem of polarization: An approach based on the writings of G.C. Berkouwer. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This study is concerned with the problem of polarization. This problem is approached from a perspective developed from a detailed study of the writings of G. C. Berkouwer. Following an introductory preface which provides an overview of the entire study, Chapter One sets the problem of polarization in the context of Berkouwer's historical background - (1) the Reformation era(Calvin and Arminius); and (2) the post-Reformation development(pietism and scholasticism). Special emphasis is placed on Berkouwer's concern to avoid the twin pitfalls of objectivism and subjectivism. This emphasis is developed further in Chapter Two where the problem of polarization is viewed in relation to four of Berkouwer's central concerns - (1) the subject-abject dichotomy; (2) the nature of language; (3) the heteronomy-autonomy dilemma;- and (4) anthropology. Chapters Three to Five approach the problem of polarization from a perspective, developed in Chapter Three, which emphasizes the integral unity of the doctrine of revelation in its creational, incarnational, biblical, proclamatory and pneumatological aspects. Chapter Four contains a critical analysis of three theological tendencies which, in the author's view, tend to increase polarization because of a common tendency towards theological rationalism -(1) deism; (2) biblicism; (3) christomonism. Chapter Five contains a constructive approach to three intellectual disciplines in which the effects of polarization are often felt - (1) philosophy; (2) biblical criticism; and (3) science. Guided by the statement - The message of God's, grace is to be communicated by the church of Jesus Christ to the whole man Chapters Six to Eight discuss the problem of polarisation in relation to Christian communication. Chapter Six is concerned with the doctrine of grace, seeking to understand the concept of predestination in its 'pre' and 'destination' aspects with particular emphasis on the significance of the present proclamation. Chapter Seven is concerned with the doctrine of the church, focusing special attention on Berkouwer's approach to tensions within a single denomination, within Protestantism, between Protestantism and non-Reformed churches and between the church and the world. Chapter Eight is concerned with the doctrine of the whole man, drawing attention to the significance of apologetics and social concern within, the full context of the church's calling to communicate the gospel of grace to the whole man.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Theology, Religious history, Philosophy of Religion
Date of Award: 1983
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1983-76518
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2019 14:14
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 14:14

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