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Karl Barth (Great Thinkers)

Publisher:
, 2021
ISBN: 9781629958873
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Swiss theologian Karl Barth (1886–1968) has made a monumental impact all along the spectrum of theology and ethics. Among evangelicals, however, myths and caricatures have arisen that must be dismantled to achieve a critically and selectively fruitful engagement with his work.

A fresh look at Barth is necessary. Inviting readers to suspend their assumptions and calling evangelicals and Barthians to mutually edifying dialogue, Professor Shao Kai Tseng, a notable Barth scholar, seeks to establish a fair interpretation of Barth’s writings that honors his texts and heeds his intellectual-biographical and intellectual-historical context. He also provides a valuable overview of Barth’s theological impact in both the East and the West to the present day. In the words of Professor George Hunsinger, “This welcome volume takes ecumenical dialogue [on Barth] to a whole new level,” and Professor Michael Horton writes, “I know of no other work that . . . explains Barth’s theology with such skill.”

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  • Features a fresh look at the legacy of Karl Barth
  • Provides a valuable overview of Barth’s theological impact in both the East and the West to the present day
  • Establishs a fair interpretation of Barth’s writings that honors his texts and heeds his intellectual-biographical and intellectual-historical context
On many points, as Professor Tseng shows, Barth has been misunderstood by friend and foe alike. I know of no other work that, in brief compass, explains Barth’s theology with such skill and engages it from a confessional Reformed perspective. Tethered to the primary sources, this work also displays the continuities and discontinuities with post-Barthian scholars—in Asia as well as the West. This is a gem.

—Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Theology, Westminster Seminary California

This welcome volume takes ecumenical dialogue to a whole new level when it comes to Karl Barth and the more conservative wing of the Reformed theological tradition. Gone are the wearisome caricatures of the past. Tseng knows how to treat Barth accurately and fairly without losing his critical edge. While many questions remain to be resolved, Tseng narrows the gap by bringing Barth within hailing distance of those who have long opposed him. The nature and function of Holy Scripture, the scope of universal hope, and the urgency of political responsibility—divisive issues in many older Reformed receptions of Barth—are now ripe for creative reconsideration. This is ecumenical theology at its best, and we are greatly in Tseng’s debt.

—George Hunsinger, McCord Professor of Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary

Evangelical and Reformed engagement with the theology of Karl Barth continues to develop and mature, and may enter a new era with Shao Kai Tseng’s work. He advances the conversation by bringing Barth into dialogue with the voices of Herman Bavinck and Geerhardus Vos and also by probing more deeply than either knee-jerk rejection or slavish acceptance of what Barth offers. This study will prove invaluable not just to those who teach on Barth but to all interested in some of the most pressing concerns of the Christian worldview in the twenty-first century.

—David Gibson, Minister, Trinity Church, Aberdeen; author, Reading the Decree: Exegesis, Election and Christology in Calvin and Barth “Karl Barth died more than fifty years ago, but he keeps on being a p

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