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Church Dogmatics, Vol. 4.2, Sections 65-66: The Doctrine of Reconciliation, Study Edition 25 Paperback – September 30, 2010
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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.
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In paragraphs 65 and 66, Barth addresses “Sloth” and “Sanctification”. And he rigidly adheres to his two foundational axioms of Hermeneutics in doing so: First: All Christian doctrine must be reflected off the “Christ-event”. Second: All Christian doctrine must transcend the realm of “abstract notions of the truth”, and enter the “Phronesis-of-practical-wisdom” and become “Concrete Doctrine”. As usual, I strongly urge the reader to approach Barth in small sections at a time. Otherwise, you will miss important content. I found the following short, but significant lessons:
1. CONDITION OF SELF/ SELF UNDERSTANDING/ SLOTH PP. 1-40
2. INHUMANITY/ A-PARRESIA/ DISSIPATION OF SELF PP. 40-80
3. HUMAN-CARE/ WILL OF GOD/ MISERY OF MAN PP. 80-120
4. SANCTIFICATION: CONCEPT/ MATTER OF RIGHT/ MATTER OF FACT PP. 118-153
5. IMITATIO-CHRISTI/ MILITIA-CHRSTI/ AWAKENING TO CONVERSION PP. 153-183
6. SOCIAL TOTALITY/ RENEWAL OF MIND/ DOXA-PRESENCE PP. 183-206
7. PRAISE OF WORKS/ DECLARATION/ BEARING THE CROSS PP. 206-236
As a bonus, you will be glad to hear that Barth offers an integrated summary in the final lesson, where he recovers sanctification as: MATTER-OF-RIGHT/ MATTER-OF-FACT/ MATTER-OF-GLORY. You will not want to miss this powerful articulation. This volume is also brilliant and inspiring. 5 huge stars; amazing grace!!!
The new Study Edition of Church Dogmatics contains English translations of these passages for those of us who are not fluent in the original languages. The original page numbering is preserved for ease and consistency of reference.
This 33 volume project will open Barth's magisterial thinking to new generations of scholars. It is a landmark achievement.
His whole series is outstanding! It does take me a while to read, but I am becoming more familiar with this style and his series is becoming easier to read with each volume!