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      God as one, with reference to Barth and the perichoresis doctrine

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          This article cursorily discussed the views of Karl Barth and the perichoresis doctrine on the Holy Trinity. The aim of the article was to discuss how both Barth and perichoresis almost touch the fact that God is one, although they do not admit it. They rather maintain the classic conviction ('default idea') that God consists of three hypostases (Persons) in one ousia (Being). Barth's view is that God has different Seinsweisen, indicating that God reveals himself to humankind as Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit. Perichoresis refers to God as a flow or a mixture of three Persons, wherein the flow or the mix is so close that it almost constitutes one Person. The authors of this article took the arguments of Barth and perichoresis one step further and argued that God is one. Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: By studying Barth's views and the perichoresis doctrine, this article challenged the dogma of the church regarding the Holy Trinity. The classic or Reformed ('default') view is that there are three Persons and one Being, while we proposed only one God with at least three Seinsweisen. Practical theology, church history, Old Testament and New Testament disciplines were utilised.

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                Journal
                vee
                Verbum et Ecclesia
                Verbum Eccles. (Online)
                Centre for Ministerial Development of the Dutch Reformed Church (Exelsus) - University of Pretoria (Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa )
                1609-9982
                2074-7705
                2023
                : 44
                : 1
                : 1-9
                Affiliations
                [01] Pretoria orgnameUniversity of South Africa orgdiv1College of Human Sciences orgdiv2Church History, and Missiology, School of Humanities South Africa
                Article
                S2074-77052023000100004 S2074-7705(23)04400100004
                10.4102/ve.v44i1.2711
                1b4411a3-bef8-4988-9856-3eeba951bcf4

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

                History
                : 25 August 2022
                : 19 November 2022
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                Figures: 0, Tables: 0, Equations: 0, References: 47, Pages: 9
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                SciELO South Africa

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                Karl Barth,Modalism,Holy Spirit,Jesus,God the Son,God the Father,Holy Trinity,Perichoresis

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