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The Cambridge Companion to Karl Barth (Cambridge Companions to Religion) [Paperback]

By John Webster (Editor) & Webster John (Editor)
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This authoritative book intoducing Karl Barth is written by leading scholars of his work, drawn from Europe and North America. They offer challenging yet accessible accounts of the major features of Barth's theological work that assess his significance for contemporary constructive theology.

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This authoritative book offers challenging yet accessible accounts of the major features of Barth's theological work, especially as it has become available through the publication of his collected works, and interacts with the best of contemporary Barth scholarship. It assesses Barth's significance for contemporary constructive theology, and his place in the history of twentieth-century Christian thought. The Companion both sums up and extends recent renewed interest in Barth's theology, especially in English-speaking theology, and shows him to be once again a major voice in constructive theology.

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The Cambridge Companion to Karl Barth (Cambridge Companions to Religion) by John Webster & Webster John has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Choice - 05/01/2001 page 1642
  • Christian Century - 12/13/2000 page 1311

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Cambridge University Press
Pages   332
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.12" Height: 0.58"
Weight:   1.19 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 18, 2009
Publisher   Cambridge University Press
Series  Cambridge Companions to Religion  
ISBN  0521585600  
ISBN13  9780521585606  

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More About John Webster & Webster John

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Webster is Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Aberdeen. His published work includes a number of books on the theology of Karl Barth, on the nature and interpretation of Scripture, and on Christian dogmatics, including Confessing God. He edited The Oxford Handbook to Systematic Theology, and is an editor of The International Journal of Systematic Theology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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Thought Provoking Book on Barth  Oct 28, 2005
Any multi-authored book on one writer/ theologian is bound to have high points and low points. However, this book is a must read. As an introduction to Barth's thought this is not for the beginner. It presupposes a fairly high amount of knowledge regarding Barth to be able to work through it. Having said this -- most of the writers do an outstanding job in interacting with Barth's thought. Webster's introduction is nicely done. Heron's conclusion and interaction with Barth's legacy is also beautiful. And then, its worth having the book just for Bruce McCormack's, George Hunsinger's, and Trevor Hart's articles on Barth. If you want to begin to understand Barth, this is a book that you must read eventually.
A Good Reference Source on Barth  Jun 3, 2005
Any book that attempts to summarize the thought of Barth in 300 pages is faced with an impossible task. Barth's thought was so exhaustive and trickled down into so many areas of theology and life that no summary can do complete justice to Barth. Nevertheless, this book puts forth a good effort toward that end.

Webster has assembled many of the heavy hitters in Barth scholarship to tackle various key areas of Barth's thought. Trevor Hart provides a good chapter on Barth's view of revelation. Nigel Biggar's contribution on ethics is also good.

The brewing scholarly battle between Graham Ward and Bruce McCormack concerning possible similarities between Barth and Derrida regarding language is not hinted at in the book. The reader only gets Ward's side of it, in which he argues that Barth's contention that human language is inherently incapable of describing the "wholly other" God finds a home in the later thought of Derrida. McCormack is on record saying that any similarities between Barth and Derrida are superficial, and in my view, McCormack is closer to the truth on this. However, this book does not present McCormack's position, and thus may very well give the reader the impression that Ward's position is the accepted position on this question within Barth scholarship. It is not.

In addition, one would have hoped for a more in-depth treatment regarding Barth's relationship to Kantian philosophy. Given Barth's crucial importance chronologically in coming onto the theological scene in Europe at a time when the Kantian-influenced theologies of Schleiermacher and Ritschl reigned supreme, an understanding of Barth's intense reaction against both strains strikes me as critical in putting Barth into context and assessing him within this context. While Kant is mentioned more than once in this book, it is only in skeletal form, and this is a weakness. Putting Barth into the proper historical context is absolutely essential in assessing his importance, and this book could have been better at doing that.

But overall, the contributions in here are scholarly, well documented, and informative for someone looking to gain a good working knowledge of Barth. Evangelicals need to contend with Barth responsibly, and we have been mostly neglectful in doing this. One way to do this is to read a book like this which attempts to thoughtfully interact with Barth from a mostly non-evangelical perspective. As such, I commend it to discerning evangelicals.

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