The Cambridge companion to Karl Barth /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Webster, J. B. 1955-
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Series: Cambridge companions to religion.
Online Access: Online version
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"Companion" collections can be hit or miss, but this one is a home run. All the major players in the field of Barth studies are here. Nearly every essay advances Barthian studies while providing much entertainment to those who are less than fans of the great theologian. Fifteen years ago, the condition of Barthian studies was bleak. Unfortunately Barth had not generated a level of secondary literature comparable to the commentaries on even minor 20th-century philosophical figures. Part of the blame needs to be put on the fragmented and politicized discipline of theology itself, and part on Barth's own intimidating independence from all theological trends. This book heralds a new level of sophistication and depth in theological commentary. Finally, Barth has the readers he so richly deserves. All of the essays are accessible. Many are provocative, especially Bruce McCormack's astonishing argument that election is the ground of the Trinity--which exactly reverses the traditional and Barthian ordering of these doctrines! Any library with a collection in theology should own this very helpful volume. All academic levels; professionals and practitioners. S. H. Webb Wabash College

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