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Church Dogmatics Paperback – November 1, 1994
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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)
That said, one has only to peruse the Dogmatics to be impressed by the depth and range of Barth's learning. I would hardly call myself a Barthian, but he is indeed the most significant "church father" of the 20th century having rescued much of European Christianity from an excess of liberal and overly optimistic theology as well as impacting important Roman Catholic theologians such as Hans Ur von Balthasar. There really is no one comparable to Barth in the realm of dogmatics in the previous century.
Barth can ramble at times, his thoughts sprawl across a number of pages such that he could have used an editor to condense some of his thought, but the learning that he brings to the table makes up for his prolixity and even if you do not agree with his conclusions you will understand how he got there. Few will have the time to read all 9,000 plus pages, but using this resource as a reference will be immensely rewarding to any serious student of theology.
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Great Book!! Barth is classic, his thinking and theology are enduring.
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As there are at least two different items being advertised, I am reviewing the 31 volume set. If you are considering buying a set of books for over a thousand dollars you already... Read morePublished 14 months ago by paul
Barth's church dogmatics is a great albeit difficult read for the beginner but well worth it to see inside the mind of one of the great modern christian thinkers.Published 22 months ago by Erick
Bro.Barth is an excellent writter;able to put into print what he feels.I enjoyed reading this book as matter of fact I read it twice.Published on March 31, 2013 by Charles W. Smith
I can appreciate someone putting their heart into writing something monumental like this. But is/was it really neccessary? Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by Last-Minute Mark
An important theological axiom for Barth is his preference for analogia fides as opposed to analogia entis. Read more
Karl Barth is among the finest theological thinkers of all time, his monumental 'Church Dogmatics' offering a massive recapitulation, synthesis, and creative reinterpretation of... Read morePublished on December 29, 2010 by ecclesial hypostasis
You can find this set, brand new, for just under $100 elsewhere on the internet. It shouldn't be hard to find if you search for it.Published on December 22, 2010 by Joshua Kenyon