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How to Read Karl Barth : The Shape of His Theology - George Hunsinger

How to Read Karl Barth

The Shape of His Theology

Paperback Published: 29th April 1993
ISBN: 9780195083699
Number Of Pages: 320

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This perceptive study of the Protestant theologian Karl Barth decodes the most cryptic and elusive patterns of Barth's dialectic. Hunsinger here advances a new and authoritative interpretation of barth's mature theology, and places Barth's work in relation to contemporary discussions of truth, justified belief, double agency, and religious pluralism. Offering a fresh reading of the Church Dogmatics, Hunsinger uncovers a series of thought-forms that pervade and underlie Barth's work. He abandons the attempt to find one definite 'key' or 'central' concept in Barth's massive 10,000 page opus and instead presents a sophisticated array of motifs that serve as a guide to understanding the many facets of Barth's thought. How to Read Karl Barth offers a powerful account of the coherence of that multi-volumed work as a whole. Barth's thought.

"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 "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 "Hunsinger hopes to advance Barthian studies by deepening our understanding of Barth's own modes of thought. He briefly shows how certain earlier authors, while providing valuable insights, failed to grasp Barth's complexity. Since Hunsinger himself succeeds in grasping Barth's uhought to a fine degree, I anticipate that this book will become a standard text."--The Christian Century "It is often a work of art in itself, with a texture and depth as richly nuanced as the gallery it depicts....Nothing less than luminous."--First Things "If there are prizes for how-to books, George Hunsinger's should win the chutzpah category hands down....Hunsinger, who has written previously about the political implications of Barth's thought, now gives us something salutary and timely: a solid, scholarly overview of Barth doing what Barth does best--dogmatic theology--and what the church especially needs today."--Commonweal "An ambitious enterprise, but Hunsinger carries it off most persuasively and in a clear, illuminating way. This work is an outstanding contribution that will become a standard point of discussion for future interpreters of Barth's thought."--Donald K. McKim, Editor of How Karl Barth Changed My Mind "As a "how to" book, Hunsinger has made an important contribution both to students of Barth's theology and to c0ntemporary theology more generally....No future work on the Church Dogmatics should proceed without awareness of, and engagement with, Hunsinger's proposal for how to read Karl Barth."--Modern Theology "Offers an approach to Barth's thought from which all can profit."--Southwestern Journal of Theology "These theologians are presented in a careful, sympathetic, and yet constructively critical manner with a view toward seeing whether Barth's theology succumbed to "Monism." Hunsinger nicely illustrates how one-sided readings distort Barth's thought and impede genuinely improving upon his theology. This work accomplishes its goals admirably, and overall it really does convey the power of Barth's theology; it makes clear that if there are to be serious theological advances today, they will not take place by passing by or going around the theology of Karl Barth."--Journal of the American Academy of Religion "One of the leading Barth interpreters of the United States has done a great service to both friends and adversaries of Karl Barth's theology, the thirteen volume Church Dogmatics."--Currents in Theology and Mission "Throughout the book we see the theological energy, seriousness and creativity of Barth as he wrestles with all sorts of questions which remain fundemental for Christian theology today. It provokes and enables critical conversation with Barth, and thus achieves its major aim."--The Modern Churchman "Unquestionably the most important Protestant theologian of the twentieth century...monumental work represents only a small proportion of his prodigious literary output."--Commonweal

Abbreviationsp. xv
Prologue: Readings Old and New--a Critiquep. 3
The Motifs in Survey: The Shaping of Doctrine in the Church Dogmatics
Four Motifs: A Preliminary Surveyp. 27
Two More Motifs: A Detailed Surveyp. 43
The Motifs Applied: The Conception of Truth in the Church Dogmatics
Truth as Event and as Unique in Kindp. 67
Truth as Mediated: Revelationp. 76
Truth as Mediated: Salvationp. 103
Truth as Encounterp. 152
Double Agency as a Test Casep. 185
Conclusion: Christ the Centerp. 225
Epilogue: Secular Parables of the Truthp. 234
Notesp. 281
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9780195083699
ISBN-10: 0195083695
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 29th April 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 14.1  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.41