Journal for Christian Theological Research


Colyer pinpoints a major issue that emerges in my discussion of theological authority. While God can be known only through God, are there not creaturely structures that carry the message of God's salvation? Reformed theology has traditionally emphasized the incapacity of the finite to bear the infinite, but this needs to be counterbalanced by the recognition that the infinite is capable of the finit. The finite cannot in and of itself carry the infinite, but the infinite can use the finite to reveal itself. By the power of the Spirit the gospel can enter creaturely structures and thereby make them means of grace. The structures that God chooses are precisely those that have arisen within salvation history and that constitute this history. I depart from Barth because he posits only a loose association rather than a inseparable connection between the sign (the creaturely structures) and the thing signified (the gospel).