Church Dogmatics (Google eBook)

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Westminster John Knox Press, 1994 - Religion - 262 pages
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Karl Barth's monumental work,Church Dogmatics, is recognized as a landmark in Protestant theology--perhaps the most important work of this century. However, the size range of its fourteen volumes has meant that its content and significance may not be so widely known or appreciated as it deserves. In this concise introduction, Helmut Gollwitzer provides a selection of some of the most important passages fromChurch Dogmaticsto help the busy student explore the heart of the great work; or perhaps to direct a student to parts of theDogmaticsof greatest interest.

  

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Contents

REVELATION
29
2 The Knowledge of God
38
3 The Question of Natural Theology
49
4 The Gospel and the Bible
65
5 Theology
81
JESUS CHRIST
87
2 The Word was made Flesh
92
NOTHINGNESS
134
THE DETERMINATION OF MAN
162
AGAPE AND EROS
173
MAN AND WOMAN
194
1 The Light of Life
230
2 The Threefold Coming Again of Jesus Christ
236
3 Union with Christ
245
INDEX
261
Copyright

CREATION AS BENEFIT
148

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About the author (1994)

Karl Barth was born in Basel, Switzerland, in 1886. A theologian, Barth is considered to be one of the most prolific writers Christendom has ever produced. His Church Dogmatics runs well over 12,000 pages in English translation. There also is a great body of occasional writing. Barth would be worthy of note if only for his first published work, a commentary on The Epistle to the Romans. In 1918, when he published this study, Barth was a young pastor in his native Switzerland. The guns of World War I could still be heard, their angry shells destroying, perhaps forever, the liberal optimism of Continental theology. Where was the progress young Barth had learned about from Harnack in Berlin? Where was human rationality, dispelling the noisome holes of ignorance and superstition, when the great leaders of Christendom descended to the barbarity of trench warfare? For answers Barth turned St. Paul's greatest epistle, as St. Augustine of Hippo and Martin Luther had before him. Barth obtained a post at the University of Bonn, but Hitler objected to his work with the Confessing Church (see Dietrich Bonhoeffer), and he was forced to return to his own country, there to produce all his great tomes. Turning theologians from their rational optimism, Barth has driven them to consider again the power of the Word of God-the acted, spoken, inscripturated, incarnated Word was always his chief theme. Against it, all human pride and pretension, all schemes for utopian societies, all theologies based on anything other than the Bible and Christ have proved transient. Barth's objectors reply that Barth's God is too far away like Soren Kierkegaard; that Barth spoke of the "infinite qualitative distinction" between God and man; that Barth ignores scientific advances; and that he cares little for dialogue with other religions. Yet Barth's oppposers never complain of a lack of erudition or ecumenical concern. To some Barth is the greatest theologian the church has produced. Barth died in 1968 as he had hoped-with his Dogmatics still unfinished.

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