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Barth for Armchair Theologians (Armchair Theologians) [Paperback]

By John R. Franke (Author) & Ron Hill (Illustrator)
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"Most of the English-speaking world still has a 'cartoonish' understanding of Karl Barth. How appropriate, then, that a book with actual cartoons should appear to demolish the stereotypes. John Franke's Barth for ArmchairTheologians offers an accurate, insightful, and at times whimsical introduction to the great thinker from Basel." Joseph L. Mangina, Wycliffe College, Toronto, author of Karl Barth: Theologian of Christian Witness Written by experts but designed for the novice, the Armchair series provides accurate, concise, and witty overviews of some of the most profound moments and theologians in Christian history. These books are essential supplements for first-time encounters with primary texts, lucid refreshers for scholars and clergy, and enjoyable reads for the theologically curious. This volume introduces readers to the life and thought of Karl Barth (1886-1968), one of the most important theologians since the Reformation era. Featuring the Armchair series' characteristic whimsical illustrations, Barth for Armchair Theologians surveys Barth's theology as it emerges and culminates in his monumental Church Dogmatics as well as how his theology continues to be interpreted in the present day. John R. Franke is Professor of Theology at Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. He is coauthor with Stanley J. Grenz of Beyond Foundationalism: Shaping Theology in a Postmodern Context also published by Westminster John Knox Press.

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This volume introduces readers to the life and thought of Karl Barth (1886-1968), one of the most important theologians since the Reformation era. Featuring the Armchair series' characteristic whimsical illustrations, "Barth for Armchair Theologians" surveys Barth's theology as it emerges and culminates in his monumental "Church Dogmatics" as well as how his theology continues to be interpreted in the present day.

Written by experts but designed for the novice, the Armchair series provides accurate, concise, and witty overviews of some of the most profound moments and theologians in Christian history. These books are essential supplements for first-time encounters with primary texts, lucid refreshers for scholars and clergy, and enjoyable reads for the theologically curious.

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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   183
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2006
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
Series  Armchair Theologians  
ISBN  0664227341  
ISBN13  9780664227340  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John R. Franke (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is associate professor of theology and chair of the faculty at Biblical Theological Seminary. He is the coauthor of Beyond Foundationalism: Shaping Theology in a Postmodern Context and editor of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1-2 Samuel in the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture series.

John R. Franke has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture
  2. Armchair Theologians


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Daunted by Barth? Here's Help.  Aug 12, 2006
Reading Karl Barth's work can be a daunting task. With this work Dr. Franke has provided interested learners with a both a framework for understanding and a introduction to the thinking of a theologian widely recognized as one of the leading Christian theologians in Church history. That Franke could do so in a mere 166 pages is impressive.

The book itself is part biography, part historical (Barth's) theology. Franke demonstrates how Barth's theologizing developed under the influence of his personal and world events. From Barth's early family life and academic training to his pastoral and educational work, his maturing thought is illuminated and comprehended as an interaction with culture, life events, and especially his increasing reliance on the Word of God.

Discussion of Barth's magnum opus, Church Dogmatics (CD), does not take up the majority of this book, though it is covered in the longest chapter. Personally, I would have liked to have had two to three times the material discussing CD that Dr. Franke gives. However, what is presented is sufficient to assist the reader in entering into useful dialogue with Barth. I found the insight of making conscious use of the divisions (paragraphs and subsections) of CD most welcome.

Dr. Franke's work also described important works by other Barth scholars; his synopsis of George Hunsinger's & Bruce McCormack's works provide frames of reference and mindset that are crucial, I believe (I've read those works cited), to accurately comprehended Barth's writings.
 

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