The thesis of this book is simple: Barth believed the Bible anticipated the self-same concerns and challenges that the Enlightenment thought it was bringing to light for the very first time. One may put it this way: The Enlightenment spirit manifested in the optimistic, positive, not to say discriminating, demeanor of that period was one with which the Bible was very much in harmony. One might go so far to say that, since the Bible had got there first, historically, the Enlightenment was decidedly less original than its advocates thought.
Brilliant and nuanced.
—Christopher Seitz, Professor of Old Testament and Theological Studies, University of St Andrews, Scotland
Anyone working in contemporary theology must read this book.
—Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke University
Neil MacDonald (M.A., M.Th., Ph.D.) is a reader at Roehampton University in London, and previously taught systematic theology at the University of Aberdeen, the University of St. Andrews, and in Edinburgh. He is a member of the Center of Theology Inquiry at Princeton, the American Academy of Religion, the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical and Theological Research, and the Society for the Study of Theology. He has written numerous articles in systematic theology and biblical hermeneutics, including Metaphysics and the God of Israel, available from Logos.