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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (August 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608996913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608996919
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
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"In light of this impressive reading of a particularly Protestant metaphysic, the book offers itself as an essential text for anyone interested in plotting the development of Protestant theology, but also the particularities of the interplay between philosophy and theology at a general level. All in all, this book could well be the most important work of creative Protestant metaphysics of recent decades, recommending Timothy Stanley as an exciting new prospect in the Anglo-American theological sphere." -Jon Mackenzie, European Journal of Theology

"Impressive and attractive, timely and substantial..." -Ian McPherson, International Journal of Systematic Theology

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"In this crisply written, thought-provoking book Timothy Stanley offers the reader a penetrating study of the problem of theological ontology and onto-theology in the thought of Barth and Heidegger, as well as an insightful discussion of the significance of these two thinkers' insights for Protestant theology today. Particularly impressive is the way Stanley uncovers the Protestant elements of Heidegger's thought and his exploration of how Barth attempts to root metaphysics in the being of the Trinitarian God. This impressive and imaginative book will be essential reading for anyone engaged in thinking through the possibility of a post-ontological, postmodern theology after Barth and Heidegger." -David R. Law, Professor of Christian Thought and Philosophical Theology, University of Manchester

"Tim Stanley's book is a bold step towards thinking Barth differently. Controversial to those who consider Barth's theology as a dismissal of metaphysics, this book has affinities with the project the Finnish School are engaged in with respect to Martin Luther. It heralds a reappraisal of the relationship between Protestantism and metaphysics crucial to ecumenical dialogue today, and it lays the foundation for a new conception of Protestant ecclesiology. Tim Stanley is another young theologian to watch." -Graham Ward, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Oxford

"Elegantly written and argued, this book by Timothy Stanley offers us a bold and exciting re-reading of the heritage of Karl Barth, who is here proposed a profound countervalence to the 'postmodern' realisation of Protestant metaphysics in Martin Heidegger. In so doing Stanley unsettles more than a few of our settled lucidities concerning not least the status of 'ontology' in Barth's thought. This book proves the vitality of Barth beyond the old pro et contra that would squeeze the great Swiss theologian into the confines of some predetermined 'Barthianism.'" -Aaron Riches, Centre of Theology and Philosophy, University of Nottingham

"This is an impressive work. Stanley not only forges new ways of thinking about Protestant ontology in relation to Postmodernism, but advances the discussion of Heidegger's relation to Luther and Barth's use of Anselm to develop a truly theological ontology. Highly recommended, especially, for courses in 20th century theology." -William Dyrness, Professor of Theology and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary

"For better or worse twentieth century Continental philosophy and Protestant theology were dominated by Heidegger and Barth respectively, and each remains the focus of lively discussion: admirers and adversaries have always been wary of relating these two apparently incompatible narratives of human destiny to one another, until now: providing compact and very fair accounts of each, Timothy Stanley goes on to make comparisons between the two which cast unexpected new light on Heidegger's atheism and Barth's Christian faith." -Fergus Kerr, Honorary Fellow in Divinity, University of Edinburgh

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ian Mcpherson on May 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
Timothy Stanley, Protestant Metaphysics After Karl Barth and Martin Heidegger.

Bridge-building can be risky in process and consequences. Those on opposite sides may not welcome direct exchanges. Timothy Stanley succeeds in building bridges which are needed and so are (or should be) very welcome. Bridges should not be equated with compromise or confusion, especially when encouraging responsible exchanges. Figurative ramifications of bridges and bridge-building attracted both Barth and Heidegger, not forgetting versions of the supreme bridge-builder (pontifex maximus) of Rome. Stanley, however, does not pontificate.

Stanley's bridges stretch between three main sites, triangularly: between a lively (plurivocal) movement in current Christian theology, labelled Radical Orthodoxy; one of the most controversial and elusive of recent philosophers, Martin Heidegger; and one of the boldest Christian theologians of the same century - Karl Barth. Some of the radically orthodox have tended to be suspicious of Protestantism in general and Barth in particular, while seeming to some, including Timothy Stanley and Stanley Hauerwas, to protest too strongly about their radically orthodox difference. Heidegger, brought up a Roman Catholic, was influenced by (amongst others) Paul and Luther, and sounds at times somewhat like them and Barth in his radical denunciation of `metaphysics' and avowals of separation between faith and philosophy. Barth, a radical Reformed and reforming Protestant, says little explicitly about Heidegger. However, Barth is clearly interested in Heidegger. Moreover, Barth, differently yet similarly, aims to acknowledge being and time, and act and being, as woven together in the living God.
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Dr. Timothy Stanley is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Further details on his work can be found at: http://timothywstanley.com.

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