Item description for Church Dogmatics: Volume 4 - The Doctrine of Reconciliation Part 1 - The Subject-Matter and Problems of the Doctrine O by Karl Barth, Thomas F. Torrance & Geoffrey W. Bromiley...
Described by Pope Pius XII as the most important theologian since Thomas Aquinas, the Swiss pastor and theologian, Karl Barth, continues to be a major influence on students, scholars and preachers today. Barth's theology found its expression mainly through his closely reasoned fourteen-part magnum opus, Die Kirchliche Dogmatik. Having taken over 30 years to write, the Church Dogmatics is regarded as one of the most important theological works of all time, and represents the pinnacle of Barth's achievement as a theologian.
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Release Date Nov 30, 2000
Publisher T. & T. Clark Publishers
ISBN 0567090418 ISBN13 9780567090416
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More About Karl Barth, Thomas F. Torrance & Geoffrey W. Bromiley
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.
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A layperson struggles with Barth Mar 3, 2009
There is no question that Barth is a major thinker who helps us all with our faith journeys. For people like myself who hold quite liberal theologies, it seems particularly important to understand both his viewpoint and how he achieves it. As I understand it, Barth argues that following the flood, God made an absolute covenant with all of humanity--not merely with Israel--that without question or limitation God is with us and wants us to be with God. While he will never fail, we do so regularly; and it is Christ's mission to draw us into this relationship. Barth's knowledge of the Bible is prodigious, and a careful and critical understanding of text is the heart of his method. The Bible is God's word and that is where we must turn to understand god with us/we with God. This does not mean literal interpretation, but eschews hermeneutics that accept postmodern interpretation.
Since The Doctrine of Reconciliation is Volume IV:1 of Church Dogmatics, a 6 million word, multi-volume work laying out Barth's thinking, it may not come as a surprise that he can be wordy, redundant, and very difficult to read. He in German, and the structure of his thinking is likely to be difficult for anglophone readers. It is filled with very long, very complex sentences that have all the charm of Kant or Schleiermacher. I often had to reread many sentences, since the first effort left me confused.
For a layperson, my theological education is quite good; and I read the book in a reading group of people at my church who want to read primary source material. We all struggled with the literary style. We had the good fortune to have a leader who is working on his dissertation on Barth. He insists that as one gets accustomed to Barth's style, reading him becomes progressively easier. However, I confess that most of us relied on our leader's explanation and abandoned the text itself.
Barth is important, and his thinking is magnificent. Despite the problems of doing so, it may be best for most of us to rely on secondary text to explore his contributions.