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Overview THE MAKING OF MODERN THEOLOGY. Ranked by many among the great theologians of church history, Karl Barth was the lead ing European theologian in the first half of this century. His 1919 ROMANS signaled the end of 19th century liberal theology, and his CHURCH DOGMATICS reconstructed Christian doctrine in a way that was both classical and modern. A champion of freedom of the Christian community, Barth's the ology links "the Bible and the newspaper," Chrsitian doctrine with the ethical issues of politics and economics, justice and peace. This volume concentrates on the key texts and ideas in Barth's thought. It presents the essentials Barth for stu dents and the general reader. Clifford Green's introductory essay and comments on the selected texts set Barth in his historical context, chart the development of his thought and indicate the significance of his theology in the development of Christian theology as a whole. Substantial selections from Barth's work illustrate key themes: Barth's critique of liberal theology The ROMANS commentary and the Anselm study Revelation and biblical theology versus natural theology Christology, election, creation, reconciliation, the church Christian ethics; the church and public life Socialism; resistance to Nazism; the church as a peacemaker Clifford Green is Professor of Theology and Ethics at Hartford Seminary abd Director of its Public Policy Center.
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Studio: Fortress Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.88" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Sep 18, 1991
Publisher Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Series Making Of Modern Theolgoy
ISBN 0800634055 ISBN13 9780800634056
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More About Clifford J. Green & Karl Barth
Clifford J. Green is professor emeritus of theology, Hartford Seminary, Connecticut, and author of numerous works on Bonhoeffer. He is the Executive Director of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works
Clifford J. Green currently resides in Hartford, in the state of Connecticut.
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Theologian of Freedom Jun 18, 2004
This volume on the works of Karl Barth is part of a series by Fortress Press entitled 'the Making of Modern Theology: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Texts'. Each of the volumes in the series focuses upon one particular theologian of note. These volumes are of use to students, seminarians, ministers and other readers interested in the development of theological ideas in the modern and postmodern world. Each volume is a reader of key texts from the theologian highlighted - the text entries are annotated a bit by the editors, and the editor of each volume provides an introduction setting the general stage for context and understanding.
Editor Clifford Green describes Barth as a theologian of freedom. Freedom is not here characterised in the Western political sense, but rather in a theological sense -- God frees us from sin and death and frees us for new life. Barth, born near the end of the nineteenth century, had a strong reaction to biblical and theological scholarship during that time, which was increasingly becoming an amalgamation of history, philosophy, culture and linguistic studies, but very little substantive work was done (or even felt necessary for) faith and belief.
Educated in the liberal theological tradition of Germany, then the dominant voice in Christian theological enterprise, he studied with leading scholars such as Schleiermacher and van Harnack. At first intending to have an academic career, he left this for a time to take a pastorate in Geneva. His liberalism took hold in the form of socialist activity - he helped to organise trades unions, and began preaching and lecturing on social gospel and social justice issues. Barth was disillusioned by the theological establishment's support of Germany in the first world war (and its support of war in general), and turned his back on this establishment in many ways, not the least of which was intellectually. He began work on his life's magnum opus, the multi-volume Church Dogmatics, as well as other works that would be pivotal in theological development. One such text was his commentary on the book of Romans.
In this commentary, Barth broke with the prevailing theological notions of analysing the text for understanding of various aspects -- historical, linguistic, etc. -- and instead used these various methods of interpretation to look at the book of Romans as the Word of God. It also argued a renewed sense of God that is beyond human notions of religiosity -- a recurrent theme in the liberal theological development. This God, however, would become for Barth 'wholly other', a God in no way dependent upon humanity or humankind's actions. However, this would eventually become too great a chasm for Barth; that God is wholly other remains a constant, but God becomes through Barth's development of Christology and incarnation a God who is wholly other with us.
Green's selection of texts comes in five sections. The first gives a few pieces by way of introduction, including excerpts from a later Barth piece, 'The Humanity of God', a text often used in introductory theology classes. The second section looks at key texts prior to the full development of the church dogmatics, including excerpts from the commentary on Romans mentioned above, as well as pieces on social justice and his work on Anselm.
The third section begins with Barth's famous 'Nein!' response to Emil Brunner, as an argument against natural theology, and Barth's draft of the Barmen Declaration, a document outlining concerns of German clergy against the newly ensconced Nazi regime in Germany. The rest of this section looks at pieces from the Church Dogmatics that have to do with theology for the Christian community. The fourth section goes beyond, highlighting Barth's works on responsibility to the world. The fifth and final section has a few pieces of Barth's work in relation to Mozart, his favourite of composers -- Barth once said that when angels sing in praise of God, they may play only Bach, but when angels are 'off-duty, they most likely play Mozart.
Each volume in this series also has a selected bibliography section -- this one for Barth is divided into works by Barth (primary sources), works about Barth (secondary sources), and larger bibliographic references. The book also has several indexes -- an index of biblical passages, a subject index, and a names index. This is a very good book for scholarship. The translations of the works from the original German is new, preserving some of the language uses (masculine pronouns for God) while modifying others (gender neutral translations for terms such as Mensch, Menschen).
An accessible Barth Aug 12, 2001
Clifford Greeen's introductory essay and comments on the selected texts set Barth in his historical context, chart the development of his thought, and indicate the significance of his theology in the development of Christian theology as a whole. Extensive coverage is also given to Barth's public theology, including such topics as civil community, communism, and nuclear war. It is an excellent introduction to a theologian whose vision is arguably broader than anyone since Aquinas.