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Homiletics [Paperback]

By Karl Barth (Author), Donald E. Daniels (Translator) & Geoffrey W. Bromiley (Translator)
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To Barth, one of this century's most influential theologians, theology should never be an end in itself. Instead, it should be ''nothing other than sermon preparation.'' Now, in this new translation by Geoffrey Bromiley and Donald Daniels, students can meet and wrestle with Barth's homiletical definitions and ideas on sermon preparation, including his understanding of the ways preachers should interpret Scripture. Barth presented this material as seminar lectures in Bonn in 1932-33.

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In this complete version of his Homiletics, seminal theologian Karl Barth offers his thoughts on sermon writing, including his understanding of the way in which the preacher should interpret scripture. More than any other 20th-century thinker, Barth linked theology and preaching, proposing that thcology should be 'nothing other than sermon preparation'. To follow his advice on preaching, therefore, is to enter his theological world.

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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   140
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.35"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 19, 1991
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664251587  
ISBN13  9780664251581  

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Karl Barth Karl Barth (May 10, 1886 – December 10, 1968) was a Swiss Reformed theologian. Barth is often regarded as the greatest Protestant theologian of the twentieth century. His influence expanded well beyond the academic realm to mainstream culture, leading him to be featured on the cover of Time on April 20, 1962.

Beginning with his experience as a pastor, Barth rejected his training in the predominant liberal theology typical of 19th-century European Protestantism. Instead he embarked on a new theological path initially called dialectical theology, due to its stress on the paradoxical nature of divine truth (e.g., God's relationship to humanity embodies both grace and judgment). Barth's unease with the dominant theology which characterized Europe led him to become a leader in the Confessing Church in Germany, which actively opposed Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime. In particular, Barth and other members of the movement vigorously attempted to prevent the Nazis from taking over the existing church and establishing a state church controlled by the regime. This culminated in Barth's authorship of the Barmen Declaration, which fiercely criticized Christians who supported the Nazis.

Many critics have referred to Barth as the father of neo-orthodoxy — a term emphatically rejected by Barth himself. A more accurate description of his work might be "a theology of the Word." Barth's work had a profound impact on twentieth century theology and figures such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer — who like Barth became a leader in the Confessing Church — Thomas Torrance, Reinhold Niebuhr, Jacques Ellul, Stanley Hauerwas, Jürgen Moltmann, and novelists such as John Updike and Miklós Szentkuthy.

One of the most prolific and influential theologians of the twentieth century, Barth emphasized the sovereignty of God, particularly through his reinterpretation of the Calvinistic doctrine of election, the sinfulness of humanity, and the "infinite qualitative distinction between God and mankind". His most famous works are his The Epistle to the Romans, which marked a clear break from his earlier thinking; and his massive thirteen-volume work Church Dogmatics, one of the largest works of systematic theology ever written.

Karl Barth was born in 1886 and died in 1968.

Karl Barth has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Church Dogmatics
  2. Columbia Series in Reformed Theology
  3. Facets
  4. Galaxy Books
  5. Karl Barth Church Dogmatics
  6. Library of Theological Ethics
  7. Making of Modern Theology
  8. Question What You Thought Before
  9. scm classics

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Excellent introduction to homiletics  Jul 24, 2007
I needed something to get me out of the rut of thinking of homiletics as some sort of Sunday catechism class for adults, and Barth did it! He reviews the thinking of several other great theologians concerning homiletics, then he lays a very articulate, compassionate and encompassing theology of homiletics from his own experience. Those who are trying to find a source for the ABC's of writing a homily, however, should be aware that although there is a brief section on this, on the whole, this book is more about the thinking behind homiletics overall rather than a primer on writing homilies.
Outstanding!  Aug 26, 2004
I am not a pastor, nor do I feel "the call," (yet) but this book is one of the only ones that make me want to preach! Why? Not becuase I think I can put out a whiz-bang, knock-their-socks-off sermon, nor because Barth's book gave me some good ideas to preach on, but because Barth portrays sermons to be a truly theological task - not something most preachers I hear these days believe, nor would agree with.
"Theology is sermon preparation..." This is one of the quotes in this book that essentially showed me that preaching CAN be redeemed, if only more people would read it. Preaching is expounding the Word of God to the Church...pure and simple. It is not meant to evoke a psychological response (though it may) and it is not about the preacher's own experience. The preacher is one with humility before God whose lips merely mumble in response to reading the Bible.
Listen preachers: read this and Charles Campbell's book "Preaching Jesus" and your sermons will be world changing; better put, the world of the bible will change the world of your listeners through your sermons.
Read and Enjoy!
Understanding Sermons  Jun 16, 2000
A great book for a lay person to read who is trying to get a handle on how sermons work. Actually a book for the about-to-be-preacher, Karl Barth provides parameters to the form, function and contents of sermons from the perspective of his own theology. For Barth, the best sermon is part of the liturgy - not an aside - serving sacramentally to join the congregation in communion with God's word. If you are tring to determine what distinguishes a good speaker from a good preacher, Barth may provide some guidleines you find useful.

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