Evangelical Theology: An Introduction (Google eBook)

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1979 - Religion - 206 pages
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In this concise presentation of evangelical theology -- the theology that first received expression in the New Testament writings and was later rediscovered by the Reformation -- Barth discusses the place of theology, theological existence, the threat to theology, and theological work.
  

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User Review  - Chris Clark - Goodreads

Recently I had the interest in reading Barth, so I attempted his Church Dogmatics. After a failed attempt to understand his writing, a friend recommended starting with Evangelical Theology...and a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hans - Goodreads

Not really that interesting or special, had no real take away. Perhaps it would be fine for someone JUST getting into theology from a Reformed/Evangelical/Protestant perspective. Read full review

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Contents

1 COMMENTARY
3
I THE PLACE OF THEOLOGY
13
2 THE WORD
15
3 THE WITNESSES
26
4 THE COMMUNITY
37
5 THE SPIRIT
48
II THEOLOGICAL EXISTENCE
61
6 WONDER
63
III THE THREAT TO THEOLOGY
107
10 SOLITUDE
109
11 DOUBT
121
12 TEMPTATION
133
13 HOPE
145
IV THEOLOGICAL WORK
157
14 PRAYER
159
15 STUDY
171

7 CONCERN
74
8 COMMITMENT
85
9 FAITH
96
16 SERVICE
184
17 LOVE
196
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About the author (1979)

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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