Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts




Dr. Gary D. Badcock

Second Advisor

Prof. John Thorp


Karl Barth defends the Reformed doctrine of rejection because it, as well as election, means that God loves in freedom. Barth’s doctrine of election is interpreted as a consistent dialectical application of double predestination in that Jesus Christ, as the subject of God’s grace to humanity, because he is both the elected and rejected subject of divine predestination. The doctrine is consistent because Barth unites the doctrine of God with the doctrine of Jesus’s election as the fulfillment of the covenant of grace. The argument of the thesis is that Barth’s doctrine of rejection is appropriately viewed as an improvement to the Reformed understanding of election and God’s singular will of grace. The argument in favour of Barth’s doctrine of rejection proceeds in three stages: the dialectical methodology of double predestination, Jesus Christ as the material precedent of double predestination, and Judas Iscariot as a case study of Christocentric rejection.



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