The Oxford Handbook of Karl Barth

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Oxford University Press, Jan 5, 2020 - Religion - 704 pages
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.


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Paul Dafydd Jones, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia, Paul T. Nimmo, King's Chair of Systematic Theology, University of Aberdeen

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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