704 Pages
171 x 171 mm
Pub date
Dec 2019
Oxford Handbooks
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Karl Barth (1886-1968) is generally acknowledged to be the most important European Protestant theologian of the twentieth century, a figure whose importance for Christian thought compares with that of Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Martin Luther, and Friedrich Schleiermacher. Author of the Epistle to the Romans, the multi-volume Church Dogmatics, and a wide range of other works - theological, exegetical, historical, political, pastoral, and homiletic - Barth has had significant and perduring influence on the contemporary study of theology and on the life of contemporary churches. In the last few decades, his work has been at the centre of some of the most important interpretative, critical, and constructive developments in in the fields of Christian theology, philosophy of religion, and religious studies. The Oxford Handbook of Karl Barth is the most expansive guide to Barth's work published to date. Comprising over forty original chapters, each of which is written by an expert in the field, the Handbook provides rich analysis of Barth's life and context, advances penetrating interpretations of the key elements of his thought, and opens and charts new paths for critical and constructive reflection. In the process, it seeks to illuminate the complex and challenging world of Barth's theology, to engage with it from multiple perspectives, and to communicate something of the joyful nature of theology as Barth conceived it. It will serve as an indispensable resource for undergraduates, postgraduates, academics, and general readers for years to come.


List of Abbreviations
Paul Dafydd Jones and Paul T Nimmo: Introduction
Part 1: Contextualizing Barth
1 Frank Jehle: Intellectual and Personal Biography I: The Young Barth (1886 1921)
2 Eberhard Busch: Intellectual and Personal Biography II: Barth in Germany (1921 1935)
3 Hans Anton Drewes: Intellectual and Personal Biography III: Barth the Elder (1935 1968)
4 Tom Greggs: Barth and Patristic Theology
5 Adam Eitel: Barth and Mediaeval Theology
6 Randall Zachman: Barth and Reformation Theology
7 Dolf (R T) te Velde: Barth and Protestant Orthodoxy
8 Christoph Chalamet: Barth and Liberal Protestantism
9 Keith Johnson: Barth and Roman Catholicism
10 Georg Pfleiderer: Barth and Modernity
11 Timothy Gorringe: Barth and Politics
Part 2: Dogmatic Loci
12 Christoph Schwobel: The Tasks of Theology
13 Katherine Sonderegger: God
14 Bruce L McCormack: Trinity
15 Kenneth Oakes: Revelation and Scripture
16 Don Wood: Exegesis
17 Rinse H Reeling Brouwer: Jesus Christ
18 Wolf Krotke: The Spirit
19 Matthew Bruce: Election
20 Mark Lindsay: Israel
21 David Clough: Creation
22 Gunter Thomas: Sin and Evil
23 David Fergusson: Providence
24 Paul Dafydd Jones: Human Being
25 Joseph Mangina: Christian Life
26 Cynthia Rigby: Justification, Sanctification, Vocation
27 Paul T Nimmo: Church
28 George Hunsinger: Sacraments
29 John McDowell: Eschatology
30 Gerald McKenny: Ethics
Part 3: Thinking after Barth
31 Willie Jennings: Barth and the Racial Imaginary
32 Derek Woodard Lehman: Barth and Modern Moral Philosophy
33 Faye Bodley-Dangelo: Barth and Feminist and Womanist Theology
34 William Werpehowski: Barth and Public Life
35 David Congdon: Barth and Hermeneutics
36 Angela Dienhart Hancock: Barth and Preaching
37 Willis Jenkins: Barth and Environmental Theology
38 Jessica DeCou: Barth and Culture
39 Randi Rashkover: Barth and Judaism
40 Joshua Ralston: Barth, Religion, and the Religions
41 Cornelis van der Kooi: Barth and Contemporary Protestant Theology
42 Paul Molnar: Barth and Roman Catholic Theology
Daniel L Migliore: Afterword

About the author: 

Paul Dafydd Jones is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author of The Humanity of Christ: Christology in Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics (2008), which was awarded a John Templeton Award for Theological Promise in 2010. He has published widely in the fields of Christian thought, political theology, and constructive theology and is co-editor, with Paul T Nimmo, of the monograph series Explorations in Reformed Theology. He is currently completing a substantial constructive work on patience as a theological concept and serves as co-director of the project on 'Religion and its Publics' at the University of Virginia. ; Paul T Nimmo is the King's Chair of Systematic Theology at the University of Aberdeen. His first monograph, Being in Action: The Theological Shape of Barth's Ethical Vision (2007), was awarded a John Templeton Award for Theological Promise in 2009. He has since authored Barth: A Guide for the Perplexed (2017), co-edited with David Fergusson The Cambridge Companion to Reformed Theology (2016), and edited the church resource Learn: Understanding Our Faith (2017). He is Senior Editor of International Journal of Systematic Theology; co-editor, with Paul Dafydd Jones, of the monograph series Explorations in Reformed Theology; and co-Chair of the AAR Reformed Theology and History Unit.

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