Barth (Outstanding Christian Thinkers)

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Karl Barth (1886-1968) has been called the most important Protestant theologian since Schleiermacher. A lifetime of work produced a complex body of writings that emerged both from his theological teaching and from his engagement in church life. The publication of some of his work posthumously has invited fresh and attentive interpretations of his thought. This book draws together these readings to provide an introduction to the main themes in Barth's theology. It shows the continuity and coherence of Barth's work, and stresses the importance of his biblical and ethical writings alongside his systematic theology. The book opens with a study of Barth's ethical thinking in key writings from the period of his break with theological liberalism. It then goes on to highlight the moeal anthropology set out in his lectures on ethics from the end of the 1920s. Webster studies the themes of original sin, hope and freedom in Barth's "Church Dogmatics", illustrating Barth's concern to prove that divine grace shapes and restores human agency. He also explores the theme of missionary activity of the church in relation to Barth's remarkable treatment of the prophetic office of Christ, and draws a contrast between the moral anthroplogy of Bart and Luther. In conclusion, he focuses on Barth's response to modernity, postmodernity and the tasks of theology.

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John Webster is Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Aberdeen. His published work includes a number of books on the theology of Karl Barth, on the nature and interpretation of Scripture, and on Christian dogmatics, including Confessing God. He edited The Oxford Handbook to Systematic Theology, and is an editor of The International Journal of Systematic Theology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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"...superb little book, ideal for newcomers to Barth's thought with some theological background. Clearly written, sensibly arranged...consistently insightful." -- Religious Studies Review, January 2002

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