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Conversing with Barth

1st Edition

By John C. McDowell, Mike Higton


246 pages

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Paperback: 9780754605706
pub: 2004-12-21
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Karl Barth addressed all the major themes of dogmatic theology, and in so doing made his own distinctive contribution to each of the ongoing conversations that constitute that theology. This book presents important new 'conversations with Barth' by leading contemporary theologians and Barth scholars. Each contributor offers their own distinctive emphasis to bring to light the ways in which the depths of Barth's work may illuminate or be illuminated by the work of other prominent thinkers who preceded or followed him. The conversations they host between Barth and other philosophers and theologians raise critical questions in the reading and appreciation of Barth's thought, and explore a wide range of themes in dogmatic theology. This book not only adds to the comprehension of the riches of Barth's theology but also presents an important contribution to the ongoing conversations and debates alive in theology today. Contributors: Nicholas Lash, John Webster, Timothy Gorringe, Graham Ward, George Hunsinger, Ben Quash, Mike Higton, John McDowell, Eugene Rogers, Katherine Sonderegger, David Clough, David Ford.


'… an elite collection of essays designed to demonstrate, by way of serious engagement with his thought, Barth's broad and continuing relevance for contemporary theology. It succeeds admirably.' Themelios 'The contributors to this engaging book bring Karl Barth into 'conversation' with many significant modern and postmodern thinkers… The cast of contributors is first-rate.' Toronto Journal of Theology

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface, Nicholas Lash; Introduction: Karl Barth as conversationalist, Mike Higton and John C. McDowell; 'There is no past in the Church, so there is no past in theology': Barth on the history of modern Protestant theology, John Webster; Culture and barbarism: Barth amongst the students of culture, Timothy Gorringe; Barth, Hegel and the possibility for Christian apologetics, Graham Ward; A tale of two simultaneities: justification and sanctification in Calvin and Barth, George Hunsinger; Exile, freedom and thanksgiving: Barth and Hans Urs von Balthasar, Ben Quash; The fulfilment of history in Barth, Frei, Auerbach and Dante, Mike Higton; 'Mend your speech a little': reading Karl Barth's das Nichtige through Donald MacKinnon's tragic vision, John C. McDowell; The eclipse of the spirit in Karl Barth, Eugene F. Rogers Jr.; Et resurrexit tertia die: Jenson and Barth on Christ's resurrection, Katherine Sonderegger; Fighting at the command of God: reassessing the borderline case in Karl Barth's account of war in the Church Dogmatics, David Clough; Afterword: conversing with Barth, David Ford; Index of names.

About the Series

Barth Studies

The work of Barth is central to the history of modern western theology and remains a major voice in contemporary constructive theology. His writings have been the subject of intensive scrutiny and re-evaluation over the past two decades, notably on the part of English-language Barth scholars who have often been at the forefront of fresh interpretation and creative appropriation of his theology. Study of Barth, both by graduate students and by established scholars, is a significant enterprise; literature on him and conferences devoted to his work abound; the Karl Barth Archive in Switzerland and the Center for Barth Studies at Princeton give institutional profile to these interests. Barth's work is also considered by many to be a significant resource for the intellectual life of the churches.

Drawing from the wide pool of Barth scholarship, and including translations of Barth's works, this series aims to function as a means by which writing on Barth, of the highest scholarly calibre, can find publication. The series builds upon and furthers the interest in Barth's work in the theological academy and the church.

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RELIGION / General