- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Baker Academic (October 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801035821
- ISBN-13: 978-0801035821
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Orthodox and Modern: Studies in the Theology of Karl Barth Paperback – October 1, 2008
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"This distinguished collection of studies presents Barth's theology as an attempt to discern what it means to be orthodox under the conditions of modernity, most of all, after the dissolution of the long-standing pact between Christian theology and classical metaphysics and epistemology. Each essay is a model of lucidity as well as wide learning and discriminating intelligence. McCormack moves with consummate ease and authority through the development of modern theology and the substance of Christian dogmatics. This is a book of rare historical and theological penetration from a commanding figure in Barth scholarship."--John Webster, chair of systematic theology, King's College, University of Aberdeen
"This collection of essays represents another major contribution from Bruce McCormack to our understanding of Barth. Typically rigorous, imaginative, and forceful, it provides frequent insight into Barth's massive theological output. McCormack shows how Barth's work continues to assail those in the church and the academy who search for a strong theology that remains alert to the ongoing problems and challenges of modernity. This volume will quickly become a standard point of reference for subsequent work in the field."--David Fergusson, professor of divinity, University of Edinburgh
"Bruce McCormack has spent the last decade and a half quietly developing what may be the most theologically provocative and historically self-conscious research program on offer today, the fruits of which have been gathered together in this welcome volume. I imagine that we will be discussing these essays for years to come, especially now that this volume brings them to a deservedly wider audience."--Kevin W. Hector, assistant professor of theology and the philosophy of religion, University of Chicago Divinity School
"With this powerful collection of essays, Bruce McCormack secures his reputation as one of the most exciting theologians in North America today. Uncompromising yet balanced in its interpretative judgments, fascinated by Barth's dogmatic ingenuity, and forward-looking in its constructive gestures, this excellent book will gain a diverse and thankful readership."--Paul Dafydd Jones, assistant professor of Western religious thought, University of Virginia
About the Author
Bruce L. McCormack (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary; Dr. theol. h.c., Friedrich Schiller University) is the Frederick and Margaret L. Weyerhaeuser Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is a world renowned Barth scholar and the author or editor of several volumes, including Justification in Perspective and Engaging the Doctrine of God.
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Barth's project is in many ways an attempt to overcome the limitations of classical metaphysics. Among other things, classical metaphysics (and it doesn't matter whether you have in mind Eastern and Western models) saw the essence of God as an abstract something behind all of God's acts and relations (140).
Barth navigates beyond this impasse with his now famous actualism. Rather than first positing a Trinity and then positing a decision to elect, which necessarily creates a metaphysical "gap" in the Trinity, Barth posits Jesus of Nazareth not only as the object of election (which is common to every dogmatics scheme), but also the subject of election. How can this be? How can someone be both the elector and the elected?
For Barth the Trinity is One Subject in Three Simultaneous Modes of being (218). To say that Jesus Christ is the electing God is to say that God determined to be God in a second (not being used in a temporal sense) mode of being...this lies close to the decision that [Election] constitutes an event in which God differentiates himself into three modes of being (218). Election is the event which differentiates God's modes of being...So the event in which God is triune is identical with the event in which He chooses to be God for the human race" (ibid.)
This book is a masterpiece in analysizing different models of Christology