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The Theology of John Calvin [Paperback]

By Karl Barth (Author) & Geoffrey W. Bromiley (Translator)
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This historically significant volume collects Karl Barth's lectures on John Calvin, delivered at the University of Gottingen in 1922. The main body of the work consists of a sympathetic account of Calvin's life up to his recall to Geneva and an examination and evaluation of Calvin's early theological writings.

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This historically significant volume collects Karl Barth's lectures on John Calvin, delivered at the University of Gottingen in 1922. The book opens with an illuminating sketch of medieval theology, an appreciation of Luther's breakthrough, and a comparative study of the roles of Zwingli and Calvin. The main body of the work consists of an increasingly sympathetic, and at times amusing, account of Calvin's life up to his recall to Geneva. In the process, Barth examines and evaluates the early theological writings of Calvin, especially the first edition of the Institutes.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   448
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.94"
Weight:   1.31 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2000
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802806961  
ISBN13  9780802806963  

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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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Calvin's theology, and much more  Jun 24, 2008
The Theology of John Calvin does in fact deliver what the title promises - a good analysis/summary of Calvin's theology - but it also delivers much more.

One of the best things about The Theology of John Calvin is Barth's overview of the medieval church preceding the material on Calvin himself. It lays a great foundation for the discussion of the life and theology of John Calvin by showing you where he stood in history, what he was reacting to, and the underlying ideological issues at work in the reformation. It also gives a more sympathetic, understanding portrait of the medieval church than is often drawn for us. Barth then provides a lengthy analysis of the other superstars of the Protestant Reformation -- Luther and Zwingly -- and compares the three. Barth does a masterful job of always keeping the broad, historical picture in view, yet at the same time paints a very detailed and human portrait of Calvin as a man.

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