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Der Evangelische Theologe: Johnson on Söhngen and Barth on Intrinsic and Extrinsic Analogy

“The analogia entis implied within Barth’s analogia fidei is one that cannot be understood as part of the larger ‘nexus of being’ in which all other things exist, while Söhngen’s version can. The reason this is the case is found in Söhngen’s explicit rejection of the analogia attributionis extrenseca. Söhngen rejects this type of analogy because he believes that it sets ‘faith against being, or the reality of faith against the being of the world and human reality’. The analogy must be an intrinsic one, he argues, because otherwise the human’s being in Christ stands in opposition to human being as such. Söhngen, in short, wants to retain an account in which the grace available through Jesus Christ does not stand in contradiction to, but in line with, the grace found in nature by virtue of God’s act of creation…

“Barth is not saying that concepts or characteristics that apply to God do not apply in any way to human creatures, such that there is no continuity between them…  The key distinction, however, is that this continuity is the results of God’s grace in Jesus Christ alone. In other words, Barth denies that an analogy can be drawn between God and the human as a function of those characteristics that are understood to belong to the human by virtue of his or her creation by God, because the human in analogy with God is the human in Christ, and the being of this human is objectively distinct from the being of the human as such.”

via Der Evangelische Theologe: Johnson on Söhngen and Barth on Intrinsic and Extrinsic Analogy.

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