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Evangelical Theology: An Introduction Paperback – January 1, 1992
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-- author of The Great Passion
"This book is a wonderful surprise. At the end of his life, after writing so many theological masterworks, Karl Barth published an 'introduction' to evangelical theology. In keeping with his own rule to begin with the beginnings, Barth here reads and reflects anew on the heart of the gospel. His Evangelical Theology above all demonstrates the serious joy of being a Christian theologian. It will please all who read it."
Eugene H. Peterson
-- author of Take and Read and The Message
"Karl Barth for me is the theologian of the twentieth century. He gathered up, rethought, repreached, and reprayed the entire Christian tradition. I would not want to be without even a page of his multivolume Church Dogmatics, but this slim, spare book holds a special place in my reading. Its 'energetic brevity' keeps the nature and necessity of theology forcefully focused in my life."
Paul D. Molnar
-- author of Karl Barth and the Theology of the Lord's Supper
"In this magnificent volume, written with unparalleled learning and gripping power by the preeminent theologian of the twentieth century, readers will glimpse something of the overriding joy, happiness, and freedom of theological science that come from God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This eternally rich and living God can be neither 'hired' nor 'possessed' and cannot be carried about in some 'intellectual or spiritual briefcase.' Karl Barth's Evangelical Theology is a must-read for anyone who desires to study theology today."
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One will find hints of Barth's (so-called) "crisis theology" here; the Bible, attesting to and confronting, humanity with His Word, Jeusus Christ -- who speaks, and has spoken -- and will continue to speak to all....
Karl Barth disdained the term "neo-orthodoxy" which was designated to his 'type' of theological-beliefs, or as "his" system. For him the Gospel was "ever anew" and always "fresh" to each generation, as well as every individual in it.
He has maintained a patent and resolute singularity with the Reformers, being regarded as one of the greatest Christian thinkers in the Reformed tradition. At the same time, he continually challenges both the orthodox and heterodox to "re-think" our theology and to make sure we are in conformity and within the blessed assurance of the theology of Prophets and the Apostles: God's Word (New Testament Greek: theou logos = "theology").
This isn't "past time reading". (Not for the theologically uninformed). Yet the style, method, and "logic" is easily followed -- if one doesn't "skip" a thought here or there. I (personally) use the book as both a "devotional" and as a technical-reference.
Chapters on: Prayer, Solitude, The Word, The Witnesses, Community....more!
Buy it (you'll like it)!
As one would expect, central elements of Barthian theology are present. The Word of God and the community of faith are central to the theological endeavor. God is the ultimate object of theology, rather than humanity.
This is an excellent introduction to Barth. It is also a good way to begin theological exploration.
This book is essential to understanding how to do true evangelical theology. Barth might challenge many conservative evangelicals as to who is really evangelical.
I was blessed, challenged and encouraged as a christian through this book!
Let me start by saying this is my first real introduction to Barth. I know he was talked about briefly in my college Systematic Theology class. I do not remember discussing him at all in grad school. And most of what I know about him prior to this is from biographies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I am attempting to rectify that hole in my theological background and this was recommended as an introduction.
This book is based on a series of lectures (originally in German). Barth then delivered these lectures later (or parts of them) in the US, based on an edited English translation of the book. The introduction to the book is to the English edition and was written by Barth primarily about coming to the US to give the lectures. Because I have associated Barth with Bonhoeffer it is hard to remember that Barth lived past World War II. But these lectures were given in the US in 1962 and Barth lived another six years after that.
These lectures were written at the end of a career and are intended to summarize what it means to be a Christian and Theologian. He has a different meaning of Evangelical than the common modern US word. For Barth, Evangelical is a theological position that is not bound to politics or even Protestantism. The lectures are divided into four main sections. Basically they are: where we do theology (the church, the community, scripture and the Spirit), theological existence (the hardest to define, but it is about wonder, faith and commitment), threats to theology (solitude, doubt, temptation, hope) and the work of theology (prayer, study, service, and love). This is not a systematic theology, but directions about how to be a theologian.
Honestly, I think I missed far more than I got.Read more ›
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twenty-first century Christians need courage to read anything written by the late Karl Barth.
In many ways, he is still a man among boys.
This is an excellent short summary of the teachings of the pre-eminent Christian theologian of the twentieth century, Karl Barth, first presented as lectures during his 1962 visit... Read morePublished 14 months ago by D. C. George
After reading all of Church Dogmatics, I found this book to be a very nice summary of the teaching of Karl Barth. Read morePublished 18 months ago by George M. Plasterer
I am only halfway through it and Barth is already one of my favorite theologians. The guy has an amazing perspective, and he knows how to teach. Read morePublished 22 months ago by bpsmith
This book serves as a great primer into the thought of Karl Barth, as well as his perspective on the task of theology. Read morePublished on June 19, 2014 by Stephen Morrison
4.5 stars. Fantastic. I've never read anything like Barth. He is profound, lyrical, precise. Every sentence matters. Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by N. C. Moore