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Barth in Conversation: Volume 2, 1963
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Barth in Conversation: Volume 2, 1963

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In recognition of Karl Barth’s stature as a theologian and public figure in the life of Europe and the West, Swiss publisher Theologischer Verlag Zurich (TVZ) published Conversations, a collection of correspondence, articles, interviews, and other short-form writings by Barth. Collected in three volumes, Conversations reveals the depth and breadth of Barth’s theological thought, as well as his humor and humanity. Now, for the first time in English, the second of those volumes is offered here.

Covering the year 1963, Volume 2 highlights a period in which Barth was especially active, particularly in regard to ecumenism and issues related to the Cold War. Within these pages, scholars and students will find a comprehensive view into Barth’s life and beliefs about theology and its role in modern society.

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Key Features

  • Compiles works from articles, interviews, and Q&A sessions
  • Provides Barth’s thoughts about theological topics including ecumenism
  • Includes insight into Barth’s view of the culture of the 1960’s

Contents

  • Interview with Alexander J. Seiler (November 28, 1962/January 23, 1963)
  • Interview with Time (I) (December 10, 1962/May 31, 1963)
  • Conversation with Students of the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey (January 19, 1963)
  • Interview with the Dutch Christian Broadcasting Association (March 1963)
  • Interview by the Kristeligt Dagblad (April 18, 1963)
  • Interview by Ole Blegel (April 19, 1963)
  • Questions and Answers in Copenhagen (April 20, 1963)
  • Interview by Georges Casalis (I) (May 12, 1963)
  • Excerpts from a Press Conference with Le Monde, La Croix, and Réforme (May 13, 1963)
  • Interview with Time (II) (May 23, 1963)
  • Discussion with the City Missionaries of Basel (June 12, 1963)
  • Conversation with the Church Brotherhood in Württemberg (July 15, 1963)
  • Interview with Reinhardt Stumm (September 10, 1963)
  • Interview by the BBC (London) (October 10, 1963)
  • Conversation with Klaus Bockmühl (October 10, 1963)
  • Conversation with Students from Göttingen (October 12, 1963)
  • Conversation with Students in Paris (October 20, 1963)
  • Conversation in Bièvres (October 20, 1963)
  • Interview with Georges Casalis (II) (October 22, 1963)
  • Interview by Manfred Vierkorn and Heinz Knorr (October 24, 1963)
  • Conversation with Rhineland Youth Pastors (November 4, 1963)
  • Interview with Georges Casalis (III) (November 7, 1963)
  • Questions and Answers at the Sonnenhof (November 16, 1963)
  • Interview by Johannes Kuhn (December 22, 1963)

Praise for the Print Edition

The appearance in English translation of these interviews and conversations with Karl Barth in 1963 is a welcome event. A sharp sense of context, an enthusiasm for theological conversation, an irrepressible humour, and a restless intellect are all at work here. More importantly perhaps, Barth's musings reveal the ways in which theology was never for him a formulaic exercise or set of defensive manoeuvres. With its explanatory footnotes, this volume should prove an enjoyable read for a wide audience.

David Fergusson, Professor of Divinity, University of Edinburgh

A book that seizes and sustains interest. This remarkable collection of conversations, beautifully edited and translated, reveals Karl Barth in his first year of retirement doing theology, not as dogmatikos (firm doctrinal formulation), but as gynastikos (something being tested) with multiple publics and media. He shows himself at home in all of them. In every case, Barth engages with his partner and the crucial issues of the time with curiosity, patience, insight, seriousness, and above all with joy rooted in the living God. This book enriches our perception of Karl Barth, especially in the conversations around the Barmen Declaration.

—Richard Topping, Principal and Professor of Studies in the Reformed Tradition, Vancouver School of Theology

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About Karl Barth

Karl Barth is widely regarded as the most important theologian of the twentieth century, and his observations about the church and its place in a modern world continue to engage religious scholars nearly fifty years after his death.

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