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Product Details

  • Series: Church Dogmatics
  • Paperback: 8936 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark (January 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0567058093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0567058096
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.6 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 24.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,614,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“One of the most notable theological publications of our time…” —Expository Times“He is undoubtedly one of the giants in the history of theology.” —Christianity Today“Not only in Barth’s sermons, where one would expect it, but in the Dogmatics as well, there are countless passages that breathe the most positive kind of affirmation of the goodness and wonder and power of God’s overwhelming love.” —Robert McAfee Brown

"It is hard to imagine serious students of Barth (or any genuine book-lover) being happy to own the Dogmatics in digital form only, not least because the new print edition in 31 volumes is so immensely attractive!"
-David Gibson, Themelios

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The book, in that way, has fulfilled its purpose beautifully.
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He dialogues with the great theologians and philosophers from Luther to Calvin, to the scholastics, to his contemporaries.
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I highly recommend it for all persons who want to study and think about their religion.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By J VINE VOICE on February 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
"Church Dogmatics: A Selection" is an excellent introduction to the theology of Karl Barth. Anyone even remotely acquainted with Christian theology cannot dispute the fact that Karl Barth is one of the most relevant and scholarly theological minds of our time. He articulated some of the most basic, yet profound truths of the Bible at a time when mainstream Christian theology had begun to place less and less emphasis on the Bible as God's inspired Word. He dialogues with the great theologians and philosophers from Luther to Calvin, to the scholastics, to his contemporaries. The unifying thread through his writing is the person of Jesus Christ, as witnessed in scripture. Barth, in his Church Dogmatics, did what no other modern theologian has been able to do with such clarity- he synthesized a millenium of Christian thought and focused it through the lens of what scripture says about Christ. His Doctrine of the Word of God is an amazing and thorough exposition of the topic- to get the full thrust of what Barth was saying, though, I would recommend working through the multi-volume set of his Church Dogmatics. For introductory or casual reading (if such a thing is possible), I would highly recommend starting with this concise volume. Best wishes on your theological quest!
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics is one of the most important theological treatises of all-time, which set the agenda for religious thinking in the first half of the 20th Century. However, its sheer size and depth (reminiscent of Aquinas' Summa Theologiae) frequently discourage average readers from delving into its treasury of insights. Professor Gollwitzer's short selection of the Dogmatics provides a useful introduction to Barth's most important themes, especially his understanding of revelation, Christology, and salvation. Great reading for any serious college or seminary student who wants to wrestle with the mind of this great Christian thinker!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. G. Buxbaum on January 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am almost finished with V I.1, the doctrine of the Word of God for the second time. I am not a theologian and do not read Greek, but this is the best and most complete view of Evangelical Protestant thinking I have ever read. It has answered questions I have had about Christianity since I was a small boy. I highly recommend it for all persons who want to study and think about their religion. All the work I have put into understanding it has been more than paid back in blessings. I want to commend Hendrickson for the excellent quality of their hardback edition. My notes on the paperback I read first more or less tore it up, but as I am transferring those notes to the new hardback it remains in tip top shape.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
If you are interested in modern Christian theology, and have vast amounts of time and money, then by all means buy and carefully study all 31 volumes (8,676 pages) of Karl Barth's epochal Church Dogmatics (31 vols). However, if you find yourself lacking in one or the other area, you might consider this inexpensive yet sympathetically-selected book of excerpts from the first four volumes of Barth's magnum opus. (Be aware that this collection was published in 1961, at which time only up through volumes IV, 2 were available in English translation.)

The Editor's Preface states, "It should be emphasized that, while the work may lead more general readers to a fruitful acquaintance with Barth, it cannot replace the Dogmatics for serious students ... the work primarily serves its intended purpose of introduction and orientation, as also, it is to be hoped, of stimulation." Helmut Gollwitzer (1908-1993), himself a noteworthy theologian, has written the very helpful 28-page introduction.

Here are a few representative quotations:

"Who and what is God Himself? ... God Himself is in fact simply the One of whom all prophets and apostles explained that they had heard His voice and had to obey Him..." (pg. 36)
"But again, we do not really know Jesus (the Jesus of the New Testament) if we do not know Him as this poor man, as this (if we may risk the dangerous word) partisan of the poor, and finally as this revolutionary." (pg. 110)
"Life does not fear death but knows it well." (pg. 160)
"Jesus Christ is the one Word of God. There are other words which are good in their own way and measure. There are other prophets in this sense ... But there is only one Prophet who speaks the Word of God as He is Himself this Word, and this One is called and is Jesus." (Pg. 230)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael on December 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Barth's Method
An important theological axiom for Barth is his preference for analogia fides as opposed to analogia entis. In his magisterial and breathtaking Church Dogmatics, where he returns to the "great concepts of God, Word, Spirit, revelation, faith, church, sacrament, and so on," Barth's method truly has at center faith in Jesus Christ. While very capable of handling his opponents in both philosophical as well as theological departments, and their analogia entis thinking, or Catholicity, Barth remarkably establishes his method in Dogmatics with elements of the gospel itself: faith in Jesus Christ, as one example, and Jesus Christ as the Word of God made flesh as another. Vehemently opposed to Thomistic approaches, Barth kicks off his Dogmatics by jumping right into it, using much of Scripture's theology as part of his very (and unannounced) methodological architecture, a venture that proponents of current theological interpretation of Scripture have found commendable. The Word of God, i.e., the person of Jesus Christ himself, was so crucial to Barth's project he states, "Theology stands and falls with the Word of God."

A Word on Propositionalism
Far from any other issue some take with Barth, it is my conviction that the chief reason his Dogmatics stands opposed to propositionalism is simply, and somewhat regrettably, his deep devotion to philosophical being as his theology's centralizing and glorious obelisk. With revelation understood in primarily and categorically transcendent terms, and only secondarily and necessarily in terms of physicality, Barth's subject is ever left without object, and it is this lack of objectification of theological truth, i.e., a lack of propositions, which is a consequence of his operative theological method.
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