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The Church And The Churches [Paperback]

By Karl Barth (Author) & William G. Rusch (Foreword by)
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with a Postcript coauthored by Michael W. Goheen In print for two decades and translated into eight languages, Albert Wolters's classic formulation of an integrated Christian worldview has been revised and expanded to reach new readers beyond the generation that has already benefited from this clear, concise proposal for transcending the false dichotomy between sacred and secular. Wolters begins by defining the nature and scope of a worldview, distinguishing it from philosophy and theology. He then outlines a Reformed analysis of the three basic categories in human history - creation, fall, and redemption - arguing that while the fall reaches into every corner of the world, Christians are called to participate in Christ's redemption of all creation. This Twentieth Anniversary edition features a new concluding chapter, coauthored with Michael Goheen, that helpfully places the discussion of worldview in a broader narrative and missional context.

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In this book are presented Karl Barth's lectures on the question of the unity of the Church in view of the multiplicity of the churches. They are among the most significant and mature writings of this distinguished theologian. Through a thoughtful study of the nature of the Church and the churches, he reaches a notable conclusion as to their relation, and closes with a surprising suggestion for Christian unity.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   59
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.54" Width: 5.02" Height: 0.24"
Weight:   0.19 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2005
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802829708  
ISBN13  9780802829702  

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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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A gem on the topic of Christian Unity, a gem that has past the test of time  Jan 20, 2006
This 54 page little booklet, "The Church and the churches" is the speech that famous 20th century theologian, Karl Barth, gave at an international and ecumenical Christian conference in Edinburg Scotland in 1937. This monumnetal meeting was another brick layed at building the Unity that Christ prayed for his Disciples and the Believers in the Gospel according to John chapter 17.

I read the booklet, slowly, once. My impression while reading Karl, is that after finishing one paragraph I thought I knew what he was going to talk about in the next paragraph. To my surprise, he talked about something opposite and something challenging and thought-provoking. I feel that I need to read this little ecumenical gem some 4 times more, in order to get more out of it.

Amazingly, Karl Barth's speech back in 1937 is as relevant to us Christians (Protestants, Orthodox, and Catholic believers) today as it was back then for the ecumenical audience (which is pictured on the front cover).

A great addition to anyone's library or read on the topic of Christian Unity or Ecumenism.

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