Drawing on the best English and German language scholarship to date, this book offers a novel interpretation of Barth's mature Christology. Examining the entirety of the Dogmatics, it provides a nuanced analysis of Barth's treatment of the Chalcedonian Definition, the enhypostasis/anhypostasis pairing, and various Protestant scholastic Christological distinctions; an examination of the co-inherence of Barth's doctrines of God and Christ, which contributes to current debates about Barth's doctrine of election; and a lengthy account of the Christology of Church Dogmatics IV that foregrounds Barth's understanding of Christ's human involvement in the drama of reconciliation. Throughout the text, the author shows convincingly that Barth's emphasis on Christ's divinity goes hand-in-hand with a dogmatically rich and often startling account of Christ's humanity. The text does not confine itself to the Church Dogmatics. It also situates Barth in the context of the wider Christian tradition and modern western philosophy of religion. Thus Barth is set in conversation with a wide range of thinkers, including Anselm of Canterbury, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Friedrich Schleiermacher, G. W. F.
Hegel, Gottfried Thomasius, and Harry Frankfurt. In addition, the text makes a number of constructive gestures, showing a particular interest in feminist and liberationist trajectories of thought. The final chapter considers the standing of Barth's Christology today and its pertinence for theological ethics and political theology.
An outstanding contribution to Barth scholarship. This book certainly is among the best studies of Barth's theology of the last years. It can be recommended to anyone interested in theology. A must for Barth scholars. --Sanford Lakoff "Theologische Literaturzeitung "
Contents; Introduction; Chapter One: Approaching Barth's Christology; I: The anhypostasis/enhypostasis pairing; II: Barth and the Definition of Chalcedon; III: Early moves; IV: Christology and the "historical Jesus"; Chapter Two: Election and Christology; I: Divine self-determination; (a) The relationship between Church Dogmatics I and II; (b) "God is," means, "God loves"; (c) Jesus Christ, "electing God" and "elected human"; II: Jesus' covenantal humanity; (a) Encounter; (b) Decision; (c) History. III: Summary remarks; Chapter Three: Jesus Christ, Embodiment of Grace; I: Christology after Church Dogmatics II.2; II: Christology in critical conversation with Protestant Orthodoxy; (a) Election reprised; (b) The unio hypostatica; anhypostasis/enhypostasis revisited; the communio naturarum; (c) Permutations of the communicatio idiomatum; (d) Summary remarks; the genus tapeinoticum; III: Jesus Christ, the "konigliche Mensch"; (a) "Correspondence": the form of Jesus' life; (b) "Correspondence" as wholeheartedness, sovereignty, love, and deliverance; (c) Agency and freedom; Jesus and revolution; IV: Exaltation and Exinanition; Chapter Four: Obedience unto Death: Achieving the Salvation of the World; I: History; II: The obedience of Christ: Christology in light of the passion; (a) The obedience of the Son of God; (b) The obedience of Jesus of Nazareth; III: Gethsemane; (a) Jesus' history: a movement towards crisis. (b) The achievement of justificatory responsibility; (c) The consequences of Jesus' struggle; (d) Justification enacted; IV: Beyond tragedy; Chapter Five: Looking back, looking forward; I: Summary remarks; (a) Reviewing the argument; (b) Unanswered questions; (c) Potential problems; II: Barth's Christology today; Appendix One: The Organization of Church Dogmatics IV; Appendix Two: Barth and the genus maiestaticum; Bibliography.
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 28th July 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1