- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 29, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195083695
- ISBN-13: 978-0195083699
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,155,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Read Karl Barth: The Shape of His Theology
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Hunsinger's well-organized and thoughtful introduction to the work of Karl Barth aims at helping the novice read Barth's frustrating but seminal Church Dogmatics. Attempting to develop a mastery of the patterns in Barth's work, he discusses key motifs of actualism, objectivism, particularism, and personalism. He also discusses the themes of rationalism and realism in Barth, which are related to his concept of truth as well as his view of justified belief, double agency, and religious pluralism. These discussions are not easy reading, and they should be read in conjunction with Barth's text. All academic and seminary libraries should consider purchasing this monograph, which would also interest the more scholarly members of the Protestant clergy.
- Susan A. Stussy, Barton Cty. Community Coll., Great Bend, Kan.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"With this book George Hunsinger establishes himself not only as a leading Barth interpreter, but as one of the keenest minds of his generation working in doctrinal theology....[He] has moved Barth interpretation a major step forward. Lucid, tightly reasoned, elegantly structured and fluently written, this book rewards repeated reading. Not for connoisseurs of Barth only, the theological issues it addresses are so fundamental to any theology that students needing an introduction or pastors wanting a refresher course need look no further."--The Princeton Seminary Bulletin
"A quite splendid and original book to be read and re-read by those who want to understand Barth."--Expository Times
"Brings a rare thoroughness and carefulness to the daunting work of Barth interpretation....He admirably and aptly accounts for the complexity and richness of Barth. I anticipate How to Read Karl Barth will become a standard text that one will ignore at the peril of faulty Nachdenken and shallow criticism."--Journal of Religion
"In 30 years of studying the theology of Karl Barth, I have never come across so illuminating a treatment of Barth's thought. This book is absolutely indispensable for anyone attempting to understand Barth's way of doing theology, and it will be of immense help to those seeking to take full advantage of the contribution Barth has yet to make to Christian theology in our day."--Theological Studies
"Useful and important....Even those who dissent from Barth (or Hunsinger's reading of Barth) will find this book indispensable."--Cross Currents
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Having taken a class from him, he is a truly brilliant teacher, and he has helped me to pay close attention to the text. One of the poverties in American theology is that the art of commentary has been lost. The medieval universities trained the Scholastic theologians by making them do close readings (lectio) of important texts (e.g. the Bible, Lombard's Sentences, etc.). Whether you agree with the Scholastics or not is one thing, but you cannot deny that the disciplined approach to theology led to some monumental achievements. Hunsinger's book is a tool to help you do that with Barth.
This book has two parts. The first part suggests six patterns that run throughout the Church Dogmatics (particularism, actualism, realism, personalism, rationalism and another one which I can't recall just now). The second part is a set of etudes on Barth's theology utilizing the 6 patterns. Hunsinger addresses the issue of double agency in Barth's soteriology, secular parables of the kingdom of God, his view of revelation, etc.
On a different subject, the other best secondary sources on Barth are Bruce McCormack's intellectual history of the pre-dogmatics Barth, John Webster's _Ethics of Reconciliation_ and Hans Urs Von Balthasar's classic study.