Wolf Krötke, acclaimed as a foremost interpreter of the theologies of Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, demonstrates the continuing significance of these two theologians for Christian faith and life. This book enables readers to look with fresh eyes at the theologies of Barth and Bonhoeffer and offers new insights for reading the history of modern theology. It also helps churches see how they can be creative minorities in societies that have forgotten God.
Translated by a senior American scholar of Christian theology and an accomplished translator, this is the first major translation of Krötke’s work in the English language. The book is necessary reading for those studying Barth, Bonhoeffer, and other developments in modern German dogmatics.
Wolf Krötke ranks among the most insightful interpreters of Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. His life in East Germany provided him with a unique vantage point both before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. This collection of essays, wonderfully translated and edited by John Burgess, spans the entirety of Krötke’s career. It provides English-speaking scholars, students, and pastors the opportunity to encounter the best insights of a master theologian whose voice is much needed today.
—Keith L. Johnson, associate professor of theology, Wheaton College
These essays are a great gift! Wolf Krötke, one of Germany’s leading ‘post-Barthian’ theologians, began his career during the Cold War as a citizen of East Germany who found resources for his theological existence (and resistance) in the writings of Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I have known him to be a scholar of great erudition who carries in himself both moral gravity and a delightful sense of humor. These essays sparkle with insight. They also remind us of what Christian dogmatics once was—and what it can be again--when done at a high level. John Burgess is to be thanked for his fine translation.
—Bruce L. McCormack, Charles Hodge Professor of Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
Wolf Krötke is an extraordinarily clear, wise, and profoundly insightful voice in the world of Barth and Bonhoeffer studies. These remarkable pieces warrant scrupulous study by all those concerned not only with Barth’s and Bonhoeffer’s witness but also with the ways of the God of the gospel in this world.
—Christopher R. J. Holmes, associate professor of systematic theology and head of the Theology Programme, University of Otago
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