chapter  Eight
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Criticisms and Proposals

Two options present themselves as possible explications of Barth's underlying theological construal of the resurrection which gives rise to his apparently contradictory expressions of the relationship of the objective and subjective aspects of reconciliation. Barth's use of the term 'noetic' also demonstrates a significant reworking of its meaning, in as much as he is constrained to describe the resurrection not merely as the noetic aspect of the ontic reality, that is, the revelation of the truth of the objective accomplishment of reconciled human being and action in Jesus Christ, but as a noetic with all the force of a divine ontic. For Barth, God's life has a particular and irreducible form, which is characterized by the 'process of generation' in which God is God as Trinity. Of great significance is Barth's description of the gracious act of the Father as his 'answer' to the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.