Karl Barth's Reflections on the Life of Faith

Author: Karl Barth

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664232396

Category: Religion

Page: 125

View: 918

This collection of short passages from the writings of Karl Barth reflects on the life of Christian faith. Each passage is related to a verse of Scripture, making this an ideal book for daily devotional reading and a variety of other occasions.

Karl Barth and the Future of Evangelical Theology

Author: Christian T. Collins Winn,John L. Drury

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1608996824

Category: Religion

Page: 314

View: 1729

The theology of Karl Barth has been a productive dialogue partner for evangelical theology. For too long, however, the dialogue has been dominated by questions of orthodoxy. The present volume seeks to contribute to the conversation through a creative reconfiguration of both partners in the conversation, neither of whom can be rightly understood as preservers of Protestant Orthodoxy. Rather, American evangelicalism is identified with the revivalist forms of Protestantism that arose in the post-Reformation era, while Barth is revisited as a theologian attuned both to divine and human agency. In the ensuing conversation questions of orthodoxy are not eliminated, but subordinated to a concern for the life of God and God's people. This volume brings together seasoned Barth scholars, evangelical theologians, and some younger voices, united by a common desire to rethink both Karl Barth and evangelical theology. By offering an alternative to the dominant constraints, the book opens up new avenues for fruitful conversation on Barth and the future of evangelical theology.

Encountering God

Christian Faith in Turbulent Times

Author: Andrew Purves,Charles Partee

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664222420

Category: Religion

Page: 177

View: 9780

Purves and Partee discuss theology's relevance to personal life and Christian faith from an evangelical perspective and through the lens of the Reformed tradition. "Encountering God" focuses on basic issues of Christian faith as they are filtered through contemporary experience: the merits of doctrine, God, Jesus, faith, justification, sanctification, salvation, sin, predestination, lamentation, hope and joy.

Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth

An Unofficial Catholic-Protestant Dialogue

Author: Bruce L. McCormack,Thomas Joseph White

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802869769

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth are often taken to be two of the greatest theologians in the Christian tradition. This book undertakes a systematic comparison of them through the lens of five key topics: (1) the being of God, (2) Trinity, (3) Christology, (4) grace and justification, and (5) covenant and law. Under each of these headings, a Catholic portrait of Aquinas is presented in comparison with a Protestant portrait of Barth, with the theological places of convergence and contrast highlighted. This volume combines a deep commitment to systematic theology with an equally profound commitment to mutual engagement. Understood rightly and well, Aquinas and Barth contribute powerfully to the future of theology and to an ecumenism that takes doctrinal confession seriously while at the same time seeking unity among Christians. Contributors: John R. Bowlin Holly Taylor Coolman Robert W. Jenson Keith L. Johnson Guy Mansini, O.S.B. Amy Marga Bruce L. McCormack Richard Schenk, O.P. Joseph P. Wawrykow Thomas Joseph White, O.P.

Theology Today

Reflections on the Bible and Contemporary Life

Author: Patrick D. Miller

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664229924

Category: Religion

Page: 137

View: 8843

In this collection of his essays from the popular and respected journal Theology Today, longtime editor Patrick D. Miller offers insights into the basic human condition. His reflections range from popular culture (the popularity of Seinfeld) to political matters (the proper public role for the Ten Commandments) to the sublime (the connection between poetry and faith). The wit and wisdom of this internationally respected biblical scholar come through clearly in this collection.

Karl Barth

His Life from Letters and Autobiographical Texts

Author: Eberhard Busch

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1597521698

Category: Religion

Page: 590

View: 8336

'Karl Barth' is an unparalleled accomplishment. An authentic church father of the Post-Reformation era, the Basel professor's contributions to theology, the life of the church, and the world of culture and politics have been frequently noted. This work, however, presents extraordinary new information and insight based on his own correspondence and notes. What one finds in this work is Barth's own running commentary on events and people - from 1886 to 1968. Everything is depicted from his perspective and chiefly in his own words, and this is precisely what makes the volume so fascinating and valuable. The brilliance, wit, and humanity of Barth shine through everywhere as he is seen as son, brother, student, editor, friend, pastor, husband, father, soldier, teacher, theologian, church leader, political critic, polemicist, ecumenist, author, preacher, music lover, senior citizen. The gigantic theologian is here, but - even more - the man shines through. An abundance of pictures accompanies the text - most of them to be seen for the first time. The contents of this book are new and of utmost interest and importance. Readers not familiar with the accomplishment of Karl Barth will learn to know both the man and his thought. Specialists will for the first time discern the figure behind the intellect. All who propose to understand the story of the twentieth century will be illumined by this book.

Modern Faith and Thought

Author: Helmut Thielicke

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802826725

Category: Religion

Page: 604

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Thielicke here studies the themes of doubt and appropriation in modern Protestant thought. A leading advocate of dialectical theology, Thielicke examines the work of the great German Protestant religious philosophers from Lessing and Schliermacher through Barth and Tillich, probing these theologians' understanding of their context and how this tradition can impact our own engagement with our times. Clear, finely nuanced, historically and philosophically mature, this is a vital reflection on the history of theology and in systematic theology.

Eschatology and Ethics

Essays on the Theology and Ethics of the Kingdom of God

Author: Carl E. Braaten

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1532616724

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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The Pastoral Nature of Theology

An Upholding Presence

Author: R. John Elford

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0264674901

Category: Religion

Page: 194

View: 415

Classifying pastoral care as an applied theology suggests that it stems from a separate and pure theology. In this new volume, R. John Elford contends that pastoral concerns and actions are not products of theology, but in fact are the catalysts that prompt and necessitate it. Elford offers a detailed critical analysis of the relationship between theology and pastoral care and compares how different faith traditions understand the pastoral. He traces how shifting historical circumstances and perceptions of pastoral need spurred changes in theological understanding, and he asserts the need for these traditions to be in conversation with modern culture. In closing, The Pastoral Nature of Theology considers the role of morality in pastoral care and how contemporary issues often bring about profound theological problems.

The Psalms and the Life of Faith

Author: Walter Brueggemann

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 9781451419719

Category: Religion

Page: 292

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Walter Brueggemann's unique gift of joining historical-exegetical insights to penetrating observations about the traumas and joys of contemporary life?both personal and social?is here forcefully displayed. Everyone who is familiar with his work knows the power of his speech about "doxological, polemical, political, subversive, evangelical faith: and about the ways such faith is enacted in the praise of ancient Israel and in the church.Readers of this book will find fresh insight into:the Psalms as prayer and praisethe categories of the Psalmsthe social context in which psalms were prayed and sungthe theology of the Psalmsthe dialogical character of the Psalmsjustice and injustice in the Psalmsthe study and "use" of the Psalms by the churchpraise as an act of basic trust and abandonmentthe impossible wonders of God's activity that overturn conventional ways of


A Practical Theological Reconstruction

Author: Gerrit Immink

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802827937

Category: Religion

Page: 301

View: 8162

Addressing faith as it is lived, rather than as a system of doctrine, F. Gerrit Immink emphasizes that having faith means more than assenting to certain opinions about God; it involves a dynamic relationship, or dialogue, with God. As he investigates the practice of faith, Immink holds together the poles of divine activity and human experience, external Word and indwelling Spirit. At its heart, this book is about God. How can faithful people speak about God and understand God's presence? Well versed in both philosophical analysis and the theological tradition, the author argues for an understanding of God as a speaking, acting person, genuinely experienced in faith. In so doing, he issues a compelling plea to reevaluate the theoretical foundations of practical theology. Applying his work particularly to the theories of preaching and pastoral care, Immink brings to bear insights garnered from years as an academic theologian, as the dean of a theological seminary, and as a minister. Scholars, ministers, and seminary students alike will benefit from his careful reflections on the Christian life of faith.

"Jesus Is Victor!"

The Significance of the Blumhardts for the Theology of Karl Barth

Author: Christian T. Collins Winn

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630878294

Category: Religion

Page: 330

View: 1679

IN THIS INNOVATIVE WORK, Christian T. Collins Winn examines the role played by the Pietist pastors Johann Christoph Blumhardt (1805-1880) and Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt (1842-1919) in the development of Karl Barth's theology. The disparate theological themes and dynamics of the two Blumhardts were crystallized in their eschatology, and Collins Winn argues that as early as 1916 Barth had appropriated this "Blumhardtian eschatological deposit" in ways fundamental to his own theological development. Against the grain of current Barth scholarship, this book establishes how the theology of the Blumhardts, though critically reconstructed, was not merely an episodic influence on Barth's work. Instead, the Blumhardts had a complex and enduring impact on Barth, such that their imprint can be detected even in the mature theology of his Church Dogmatics. In treading new ground into Barth's theological formation, Jesus Is Victor! represents an important contribution to the field of Barth studies.

Karl Barth and Christian Ethics

Living in Truth

Author: Professor William Werpehowski

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 147240050X

Category: Religion

Page: 188

View: 5575

This critical study of Karl Barth's Christian theological ethics discusses Barth's controversial and characteristically misunderstood ethics of divine command. The surprising relation of his 'divine command ethics' to contemporary 'narrative theology' and 'virtue ethics' and specific moral themes concerning bonds between parents and children, the nature of truth telling, and the meaning of Christian love of God and neighbor are all discussed. This book reveals Barth's richness, depth, and insight, and places his work in constructive connection with salient themes in both Catholic and Protestant ethics. Attentive to the fullness of Barth's Christological vision and to the purposes and limits of his reflections on the Christian life in pursuit of the good, William Werpehowski also advances conversations in Christian ethics about the nature of practical deliberation and decision, the orientation and dispositions that embody moral faithfulness, and the question and features of 'natural morality.'

An Uncertain Certainty

Snapshots in a Journey from 'Either-Or' to 'Both-And' in Christian Ministry

Author: Graham Buxton

Publisher: The Lutterworth Press

ISBN: 0718843835

Category: Religion

Page: 254

View: 8516

Many people in Christian ministry are tired of simplistic certainties; what they need is permission to live with uncertainty, with mystery, ambiguity, and paradox. Because we live in a world that is far removed from the modernist version of reality, with its rational, clinical, and superficial presentation of life, we need the courage and wisdom to embrace the presence of uncertainties in the midst of certainty. In this book, the author offers snapshots of a number of central Christian topics-God, the gospel, the church, salvation, ministry-inviting us to treat them as features of a landscape to explore rather than a set of propositional statements to sign up to. Each chapter-short enough to provoke interest and curiosity-will be a catalyst for deeper reflection and enquiry, inviting us to discover a new freedom in ministry as we embrace a more generous "both-and" perspective in place of a more narrow "either-or" interpretation of the Christian faith. In the process, we may find ourselves rediscovering "the Life we have lost in living" as we imaginatively participate in the life, ministry, and mystery of the triune God of grace in our midst.

Karl Barth on the Christian Life

The Practical Knowledge of God

Author: Joseph L. Mangina

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated


Category: Religion

Page: 225

View: 1152

This book examines a little-known facet of Karl Barth's theology: his account of the practical or self-involving character of faith. Joseph L. Mangina helps to dispel the myth of Barth as an enemy of the human subject by guiding the reader through key texts from the Church Dogmatics. Examining such themes as religious experience, sin, emotion, and moral agency, Mangina shows that Barth is not merely a skilled dogmatic theologian, but a thoughtful and sensitive interpreter of the Christian life.

Powers, Weakness, and the Tabernacling of God

Author: Marva J. Dawn

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802847706

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 5591

Examines the practices of the modern church focusing on its conformity to contemporary culture and emphasis on powers. Argues that the church needs to embrace its call to weakness.

Reading the Bible in Faith

Theological Voices from the Pastorate

Author: William Henry Lazareth

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 080284877X

Category: Religion

Page: 206

View: 7290

Consists of excerpts from papers written by pastors working at the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1998-99.

Jesus the Christ

Author: Walter Kasper

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809120819

Category: Religion

Page: 289

View: 3268

A rich and insightful overview of the Christian belief in Jesus, his life, his teaching and the meaning of Jesus today.


A Test of Theological Method

Author: Arthur Chute McGill

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664244484

Category: Religion

Page: 130

View: 391

How can an omnipotent God allow suffering and violence to pervade the world? The author approaches this disturbing question by examining the concept of power. At opposing ends of a spectrum lie two powers--demonic power that is violent, destructive, and dominative, and the power of God that is creative, totally open, self-giving, and expansive. Through consideration of power, McGill provides reflections on the nature of God's inner life in the Trinity and concludes that "service" characterizes God's relationship to the world, not "domination." Combining the scholarship and clarity that characterizes the greatest theological writing of our times, "Suffering" addresses the need for renewed faith in the almighty powerfulness of God's self communication and self-giving until the time "when the pretenses of demonic power are swept away."

Loving God with Our Minds

The Pastor as Theologian

Author: Michael Welker,Cynthia Jarvis

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802828576

Category: Religion

Page: 383

View: 3328

This volume explores the challenges and possibilities facing contemporary theological inquiry. Produced in honor of Wallace M. Alston, the book is framed around the areas of discussion that Alston, as director of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey, has diligently placed at the forefront of Christian reflection. Written by some of today's leading Christian pastors and theologians, these insightful chapters probe topics of interest to both the church and the academy. In the first section Denise M. Ackermann, Gerhard Sauter, William Schweiker, Max L. Stackhouse, Michael Welker, and Carver T. Yu examine cultural, social, political, and ethical challenges to Christian theology. In the second section Don Browning, Brian E. Daley, Botond Gal, Niels Henrik Gregersen, John Polkinghorne, and Dirk Smit discuss theology's ongoing dialogue with the sciences and the humanities. In the third section Milner S. Ball, L. Ann Jervis, John S. McClure, Allen C. McSween Jr., Patrick D. Miller, Jrgen Moltmann, Fleming Rutledge, and Virgil Thompson illuminate the role of theology in preaching and teaching. In the fourth and final section of the book David Fergusson, Thomas W. Gillespie, Colin Gunton, Cynthia A. Jarvis, Robert W. Jenson, J. Harold McKeithen Jr., A. J. McKelway, Daniel L. Migliore look at several cutting-edge themes drawn from Reformed and ecumenical theology. Loving God with Our Minds unites voices from the various enterprises of the Center of Theological Inquiry, from different churches, from different theological and academic disciplines, and from different countries across the globe. The book is thus a bouquet of diverse perspectives mirroring what is so central and admirable in Wallace Alston and reflecting what he so desires to see among fellow Christians and pastor-theologians -- loving God not only with our hearts but also with our minds. Contributors: Denise M. Ackermann Milner S. Ball Don Browning Brian E. Daley David Fergusson Botond Gal Thomas W. Gillespie Niels Henrik Gregersen Colin Gunton Cynthia A. Jarvis Robert W. Jenson L. Ann Jervis John S. McClure J. Harold McKeithen Jr. A. J. McKelway Allen C. McSween Jr. Daniel L. Migliore Patrick D. Miller Jrgen Moltmann John Polkinghorne Fleming Rutledge Gerhard Sauter William Schweiker Dirk Smit Max L. Stackhouse Virgil Thompson Michael Welker Carver T. Yu