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The Resurrection in Karl Barth

1st Edition

By R. Dale Dawson


256 pages

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Karl Barth repeatedly spoke of the centrality and unparalleled significance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ for his theological understanding, yet a clear grasp of its nature and scope in Barth continues to find little expression in scholarly literature. This book seeks to draw out the theological substance and systematic implications of Barth's thinking on this theme. Barth's mature understanding of the resurrection concentrates upon the transition from the objective achievement of reconciliation culminating in the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ to its subjective appropriation in the life of the believer, all within a thoroughly christological context. The resurrection may be described as the way of the crucified Lord to others, and is, for Barth, the essential and efficient link between christology proper and the extension of Christ's saving work to others.


'Many, perhaps most, of the major advances in the interpretation of Barth’s work have stemmed from close reading of the texts, attending both to their scope and to their details, and alert to their place in the overall shape of Barth’s account of the Christian faith. What follows offers just this kind of account… As he grew older, Barth was increasingly captivated by one single fact, namely that, by virtue of his resurrection, Jesus Christ is utterly alive, utterly real and limitlessly present: ’He is the reality!’ This lent an air of cheerfulness, confidence and calm to what he had to say, as well as a pastoral and spiritual helpfulness which no reader ought to miss. Dawson certainly doesn’t miss these things, and not the least of the virtues of his study is its pervasive sense that, in the domain of the resurrection, theology is the most joyful of all the sciences.' From the Foreword by Professor John Webster 'How does what happened a long, long time ago in Jesus become real for me? Many modern theologians have answered this question by reflecting on human selfhood. For Karl Barth, it becomes an occasion for a profound series of meditations on the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Dale Dawson draws us into the very heart of Barth’s thinking on resurrection. The result is a fresh and insightful account of a rich theme.' Joseph L. Mangina, Wycliffe College, Toronto School of Theology '… a solid and workmanlike interpretation of a prominent aspect of Barth's thought, and it fills an important lacuna in the study of Barth's dogmatics…' Faith and Theology ’R. Dale Dawson, pastor and seminary lecturer in Toronto, Ontario, has done the theological community a service through his patient exposition of Karl Barth's dogmatic account of the resurrection… this text will benefit the understanding of the history of twentieth century theology by making Barth's dogmatic account of the resurrection crystal clear.’ Canadian Evangelical Review

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword, John Webster; Acknowledgements; Introduction; The eclipse of the resurrection; The Resurrection of the Dead (1924 commentary); The resurrection as the contemporaneity of Jesus Christ (CD III/2); The resurrection as the movement from Jesus Christ to others (CD IV); The resurrection as the beyond of the crucifixion (CD IV/1); The spirit of the Lord as the power of the transition (CD IV/2); The resurrection as the presence and promise of the future (CD IV/3); Some criticisms and proposals; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Dr R. Dale Dawson has served in local church pastoral ministry for twenty years, and has taught at the Toronto Baptist Seminary & Bible College and Tyndale University in Toronto, Canada, as an adjunct lecturer.

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