Simul Santicification

Barth's Hidden Vision for Human Transformation

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Jeff McSwain
Princeton Theological Monograph
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Pickwick Publications
    , October
     2018.
     334 pages.
     $39.00.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9781532641077.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Bradley Penner forthcoming.

Description

Why do we see so much fruitful good in unbelievers and so much evil in believers? What could it mean for a believer that the old is “gone,” especially when it doesn’t feel that way? What does it mean for humans who are simul iustus et peccator (simultaneously righteous and sinner) to be transformed in Christ and by his Spirit? We typically think of sanctification as pertaining to humans being conformed to Jesus, but what could it mean when Jesus speaks of himself as being sanctified for our sakes (John 17:19)? Jeff McSwain mines the theology of Karl Barth to engage such questions. In looking “through the simul,” he concludes with Barth that universal human transformation is a reality before it is a possibility, and that, despite our contradictory state, we may live Spirit-filled lives as we participate in Christ’s true humanity that determines ours—a humanity which never gets old.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Jeff McSwain is the founder of Reality Ministries Inc. in Durham, North Carolina, where he is currently Director of Ministry Formation and Theologian in Residence. Reality Ministries is "creating opportunities for teens and adults with and without developmental disabilities to experience belonging, kinship, and the life-changing Reality of Christ's love.”

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