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  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press (September 18, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800634055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800634056
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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<div>'He undoubtedly is one of the giants in the history of theology.' -Christianity Today

Karl Barth was described by Pope Pius XII as the most important theologian since Thomas Aquinas, the Swiss Pastor and Theologian, and Barth continues to be a major influence on students, scholars and preachers. Barth's theology found its expression mainly through his closely reasoned fourteen part magnum opus, Die Kirchliche Dogmatik. Having taken over 30 years to write, the Church Dogmatics is regarded as one of the most important theological works of all time, and represents the pinnacle of Barth's achievements as a theologian. </div> >

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Green did a very good job.
He began work on his life's magnum opus, the multi-volume Church Dogmatics, as well as other works that would be pivotal in theological development.
FrKurt Messick
I also really would have liked to see the essay "The Strange New World of the Bible" included in this collection - it is a personal favorite.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
This volume on the works of Karl Barth is part of a series by Fortress Press entitled 'the Making of Modern Theology: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Texts'. Each of the volumes in the series focuses upon one particular theologian of note. These volumes are of use to students, seminarians, ministers and other readers interested in the development of theological ideas in the modern and postmodern world. Each volume is a reader of key texts from the theologian highlighted - the text entries are annotated a bit by the editors, and the editor of each volume provides an introduction setting the general stage for context and understanding.
Editor Clifford Green describes Barth as a theologian of freedom. Freedom is not here characterised in the Western political sense, but rather in a theological sense -- God frees us from sin and death and frees us for new life. Barth, born near the end of the nineteenth century, had a strong reaction to biblical and theological scholarship during that time, which was increasingly becoming an amalgamation of history, philosophy, culture and linguistic studies, but very little substantive work was done (or even felt necessary for) faith and belief.
Educated in the liberal theological tradition of Germany, then the dominant voice in Christian theological enterprise, he studied with leading scholars such as Schleiermacher and van Harnack. At first intending to have an academic career, he left this for a time to take a pastorate in Geneva. His liberalism took hold in the form of socialist activity - he helped to organise trades unions, and began preaching and lecturing on social gospel and social justice issues.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 2001
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Clifford Greeen's introductory essay and comments on the selected texts set Barth in his historical context, chart the development of his thought, and indicate the significance of his theology in the development of Christian theology as a whole. Extensive coverage is also given to Barth's public theology, including such topics as civil community, communism, and nuclear war. It is an excellent introduction to a theologian whose vision is arguably broader than anyone since Aquinas.
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By Josh on May 1, 2014
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This has articles from many of Barth's central works. Green did a very good job. I would never be able to plow through CD, let alone all Barth's works. Primary documents are very important to me, as is understanding the author's context, so I appreciate Green's short introductions to each chapter and the introduction to the book.
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