Barth (Outstanding Christian Thinkers Series)
Karl Barth (1886-1968) has been called the most important Protestant theologian since Schleiermacher. A lifetime of work produced a complex body of writings that emerged both from his theological teaching and from his engagement in church life. The publication of...
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Karl Barth (1886-1968) has been called the most important Protestant theologian since Schleiermacher. A lifetime of work produced a complex body of writings that emerged both from his theological teaching and from his engagement in church life. The publication of some of his work posthumously has invited fresh and attentive interpretations of his thought.;This book draws together these readings to provide an introduction to the main themes in Barth's theology. It shows the continuity and coherence of Barth's work, and stresses the importance of his biblical and ethical writings alongside his systematic theology. The book opens with a study of Barth's ethical thinking in key writings from the period of his break with theological liberalism. It then goes on to highlight the moeal anthropology set out in his lectures on ethics from the end of the 1920s. Webster studies the themes of original sin, hope and freedom in Barth's Church Dogmatics, illustrating Barth's concern to prove that divine grace shapes and restores human agency. He also explores the theme of missionary activity of the church in relation to Barth's remarkable treatment of the prophetic office of Christ, and draws a contrast between the moral anthroplogy of Bart and Luther. In conclusion, he focuses on Barth's response to modernity, postmodernity and the tasks of theology.
A collection of readings that provide a clear & authoritative introduction to the main themes of Barth's theology.
This series offers a range of authoritative studies on people who have made an outstanding contribution to Christian thought and understanding. The series will range across the full spectrum of Christian thought to include Catholic and Protestant thinkers and to cover East and West, historical and contemporary figures. By and large, each volume will focus on a single "thinker", but occasionally the subject may be a movement or a school of thought.^Karl Barth (1886-1968) has been called the most important Protestant theologian since Schleiermacher. His lifetime of work produced a huge and complex body of writings. The posthumous publication of much of his work has invited fresh and attentive interpretations of his thought.^This book draws together these readings to provide a clear and authoritative introduction to the main themes of Barth's theology. The closing chapter with its focus on Barth's relationship to modernity, postmodernity, and the tasks of theology will be especially useful tostudents.
Professor John Webster (PhD, DD, FRSE) is Chair of Systematic Theology, King's College, University of Aberdeen. An Anglican Evangelical scholar who has had a distinguished career as a professor at the Toronto School of Theology, and seven years as Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford before coming to Aberdeen. He is a prolific author and editor with expertise on Barth and Jungel, some his recent titles include: The Cambridge Companion to Karl Barth (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2000), Barth (Continuum, London and New York, 2000), (translated with an introduction) Eberhard Jungel, God's Being is in Becoming. The Trinitarian Being of God in the Theology of Karl Barth (T & T Clark, Edinburgh, 2001) Word and Church. Essays in Christian Dogmatics (T & T Clark, Edinburgh, 2001) Holiness (SCM Press, London, 2003/ Eerdmans), Holy Scripture. A Dogmatic Sketch (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2003), Barth's Early Theology (T & T Clark International, 2004) Confessing God. Essays in Christian Dogmatics II (T & T Clark International, London, 2005). His future project include preparing the volume on Ephesians (Brazos Theological Commentary), a multi-volume systematic theology and with Professor Iain Torrance and Professor Kathryn Tanner, editing The Oxford Handbook to Systematic Theology.