- Hardcover: 9233 pages
- Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers; 2nd edition (November 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1598564420
- ISBN-13: 978-1598564426
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 10.6 x 12.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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Church Dogmatics: 14 Volumes 2nd Edition
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"... one of the most notable theological publications of our time." Expository Times "He undoubtedly is one of the giants in the history of theology." Christianity Today" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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. But Barth knows this and is not only content to build his castle here in the sand, but rather finds it both necessary and biblical that it should remain here - and not in sand, but a castle in the sky.
Barth's theology reads like that of a church father, and he is recognized as both a pioneer and model for theological interpretation. Further, his theology has a feeling of purity to it that at times seems inspired of God and immune to anthropocentric reason.
While criticisms will always assail this magnum opus for being methodologically deficient in terms of grasping certitude, Barth is not so mistaken. God is wholly other and to be apprehended only through faith. Theology belongs to the Church only in faith in her very own being, Jesus Christ. Doing theology for Barth is itself a manifestation of the gospel so that all of theology is about Jesus Christ.
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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