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This book clearly shows how Karl Barth still remains a vital dialogue partner for contemporary theology. Hans Mikkelsen sets out to demonstrate the ways in which Barth reinterprets traditional Christianity. In this spirit of dialogue, Mikkelsen reads Barth in conjunction with several other thinkers and theologians, including Schleiermacher, Hegel, Brunner, Buber, Pannenberg, Gerard, and Frei.
Reconciled Humanity is a refreshing treatment of Barth, full of complex, intricate, and highly nuanced arguments. Mikkelsen here establishes a connection between tradition and modernity in systematic theology, concerning himself not only with what Barth said, but also with how one can ― and should ― use Barth’s thought in a constructive way today.
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Hans Vium Mikkelsen is associate professor at the Center for Theology and Religious Education, Denmark. He is the author of many scholarly articles on Barth and contemporary theology and several books in Danish.Review:
“An important contribution to contemporary theology by one of Europe’s finest young theologians. Hans Vium Mikkelsen’s dynamic rereading of Barth looks beyond the Swiss giant, and the enduring questions he raised, to discover new answers for a new generation.”
― William Stacy Johnson
Princeton Theological Seminary
“Mikkelsen’s passionate reading of Barth serves, as he says, ‘to show how vital a dialogue partner Barth is for contemporary theology.’ But this seemingly straightforward proposal leads to a significant widening of conventional approaches to the author of the Church Dogmatics. While always staying close to Barth’s text, Mikkelsen shows how that same text can be opened up for fruitful dialogue. . . . This book will encourage students who might be put off by Barth’s apparent dogmatic certitude to take a freer and more open approach to what remains one of the twentieth century’s defining contributions to Christian thought.”
― George Pattison
University of Oxford
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