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Gathering Interest
T&T Clark Karl Barth Collection (9 vols.)
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Overview

These new volumes from T&T Clark on Karl Barth offer the latest scholarship on this massively important figure in Christian theology and biblical studies whose work continues to influence the church and the academy today. Barth, the Swiss pastor and Protestant systematician, was described by Pope Pius XII as the most important theologian since Thomas Aquinas. Barth continues to be a major influence on students, scholars, and preachers from every Christian tradition. His theology found its expression mainly through his closely reasoned 14-part magnum opus, Die Kirchliche Dogmatik, or Church Dogmatics. The Church Dogmatics, which took over 30 years to write, is regarded as one of the most important theological works of all time, and it represents the pinnacle of Barth’s achievements as a theologian.

This collection of monographs provides helpful resources on Barth’s thought and influence, guides to his work, and in-depth analysis of his contributions to theological and biblical studies. Several volumes focus on the influence Barth has had on the Christian world and compare his thought and influence with those of other noted figures in history, such as John Howard Yoder and Hans Urs von Balthasar and the development of Catholic doctrine leading up to Vatican II.

The Logos Bible Software editions of these volumes are designed to streamline and enhance your study and understanding of Karl Barth. Scripture passages link directly to your English translations and original-language texts, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. In addition, you can perform powerful searches by topic and find what other authors, scholars, and theologians have to say about topics like Barth’s analogia entis, Barthian neo-orthodoxy, and the relationship between Barth and Calvin’s doctrines of election.

For more volumes on and by Karl Barth, be sure to check out Barth’s Church Dogmatics and the Studies in Karl Barth Collection (2 vols.).

Key Features

  • Accessible introduction to Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics
  • In-depth guides to Barth’s thought and influence
  • Comparison between Barth and other influential theologians

Individual Titles

Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics: An Introduction and Reader

  • Author: R. Michael Allen
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 256

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This reader from Karl Barth’s multi-volume Church Dogmatics offers an introduction to the whole work, key readings in reasonable portions with introductions, and provides helpful pointers to secondary material for further interaction with the primary literature. An ideal textbook for all beginners studying the work of one of the most important theologians of the last century.

Embarking on the study of Barth’s Church Dogmatics is no easy matter. This careful selection, with its perceptive introduction and commentaries, is an excellent guide to exploring one of the monumental texts of modern theology.

John Webster, professor of systematic theology, University of Aberdeen

This volume is a welcome resource for both teachers and students of Karl Barth’s theology. Michael Allen’s well-chosen excerpts from the Church Dogmatics are lengthy enough to provide a feel for Barth’s sprawling theological discourse and wide-ranging enough to provide an appreciation of the full scope of his dogmatic thought. The introduction and notes locate Barth’s work within the context of classical and modern divinity and direct readers to the best English-language literature on the Basel theologian. Those who have heretofore feared the prospect of exploring Karl Barth’s massive Church Dogmatics may now take courage thanks to Allen’s able guidance.

—Scott R. Swain, associate professor of systematic theology and academic dean, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

This is a judiciously selected and carefully introduced series of key readings from the Church Dogmatics. Allen has done the newcomer to Barth a great service by preparing this collection of texts from what remains the most important work in theology of recent times. This volume is a fine resource both for inspiring readers to venture further into Barth’s work for themselves and for encouraging students to engage appreciatively and critically with its content.

—Paul T. Nimmo, lecturer in systematic theology, University of Edinburgh

R. Michael Allen is assistant professor of systematic theology at Knox Theological Seminary

Letters of the Divine Word: The Perfections of God in Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics

  • Author: Robert B. Price
  • Series: T&T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 224

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The introduction locates Barth’s doctrine of the divine perfections within the unfolding logic of the Church Dogmatics and then surveys the state of Barth scholarship on this doctrine. Chapters one through four provide focused analysis of each of the four sections of Barth’s doctrine of the perfections, pausing at various points to address relevant debates within broader Barth scholarship. Chapter five draws together some of the key theological decisions which shape Barth’s account of the perfections and suggests further lines of inquiry.

Literate, articulate, a model of expositional clarity and care, this fine essay sets before us Barth’s doctrine of the divine perfections in all its complexity, resonance, and power. It is an important contribution to a growing literature on a central dogmatic theme and a welcomed reminder of the abiding importance of the practice of theological commentary on the formative texts of the tradition. In the contested world of contemporary Barth scholarship, we can never be recalled too often to close reading of the sources themselves. It is the great merit of this exemplary study of Church Dogmatics to do just that.

—Donald Wood, lecturer in systematic theology, University of Aberdeen

Price has given us a great gift: a careful and charitable guided tour through one of the most complex sections of Barth’s Church Dogmatics. His close exposition of Barth’s text unveils the inner logic of Barth’s argument by highlighting important connections and insights that often go unnoticed. Chapter by chapter, he opens up new vistas from which we can view the contours of Barth’s entire theology more clearly, and the result is a better grasp of Barth’s ongoing relevance for contemporary thought. This book stands in the best tradition of theological commentary, and it will be valuable to any theologian engaged in a serious study of Barth’s theology or the doctrine of God.

—Keith L. Johnson, assistant professor of theology, Wheaton College

Robert B. Price received his PhD from the University of Aberdeen and is assistant professor of theology in the Talbot School of Theology at BIOLA University.

Doxological Theology: Karl Barth on Divine Providence, Evil, and the Angels

  • Author: Christopher C. Green
  • Series: T&T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 256

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This volume offers a careful exploration of doxological theology in volume III of Barth’s Church Dogmatics. In 1949, Karl Barth confidently upheld a high doctrine of divine providence, maintaining God’s control of every event in history. His argument is at once cheerful, but also defiant in the face of a Europe that is war-weary and doubtful of the full sovereignty of God.

Barth’s movement to praise God shows his affinity for the Reformed theological tradition. While Barth often distances himself from his Calvinist predecessors in significant ways, he sees his own view of providence to be a positive reworking of the Reformed position in order to maintain what he understands as its most important insights: the praiseworthiness of the God of providence and the doxology of the creature. Doxological Theology investigates how the theologian, in response to the praiseworthy God of the Reformed tradition, is expected to pray his or her way through the doctrine of providence.

Of the making of books about Barth’s theology there appears to be no end. All credit to Christopher Green, then, for focusing on a relatively unexplored corner of Barth’s thought—his doctrine of providence—and for doing it the way Barth does it, using the Lord’s Prayer as an interpretive framework. This is an exceptionally close reading of Barth’s Christological correction of a central pillar of Reformed theology.

Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Blanchard Professor of Theology, Wheaton College Graduate School

In this book Green offers a careful and insightful exploration of volume III of Barth’s Church Dogmatics—one of the most important yet one of the least investigated parts of Barth’s corpus. Green’s exposition and analysis proceeds with both a deep sensitivity for the internal coherence of the rather diverse topics covered in [volume] III and a firm awareness of the broader content and form of Barth’s theology. At times creative, at times controversial, Green is always engaging. This book is destined to become a necessary conversation-point for any future work in this research area.

—Paul T. Nimmo, lecturer in Systematic theology and Christian ethics, University of Edinburgh

Barth scholars will be engaged with Green’s adjudication of the various related issues vis-à-vis the relevant secondary literature, especially in the footnotes . . . a range of other readers, from postliberals to evangelicals and even Pentecostals, will appreciate the fundamentally performative theology of providence presented in this excellent first book.

Religious Studies Review

Christopher Green earned his PhD from King’s College, Aberdeen and is lecturer in theology at Wesley Institute in Sydney, Australia.

God’s Being in Reconciliation: The Theological Basis of the Unity and Diversity of the Atonement in the Theology of Karl Barth

  • Author: Adam J. Johnson
  • Series: T&T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 240

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One of the most pressing issues in the doctrine of the atonement today is the question of the unity and diversity of the work of Christ. What are we to make of the diversity within the biblical witness and the history of doctrine when it comes to explanations of the meaning and significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection? Without a grasp of the unity of his work, our understanding and use of the diversity runs the risk of becoming haphazard and disordered. Proposals regarding the unity of Christ’s work today tend to focus on the metaphorical nature of language, the role of culture, and various possible conceptual schemes, rarely reflecting on unity and diversity proper to the being God.

To fill this gap, Johnson draws on Karl Barth’s integrated account of the doctrines of God and reconciliation, harnessing the resources contained within the doctrines of the Trinity and divine perfections to energize a properly theological account of the unity and diversity of the atonement.

Adam Johnson received his PhD from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is an associate professor of theology at Cedarville University.

The Word of God and Theology

  • Author: Karl Barth
  • Editor: Amy Marga
  • Translator: Amy Marga
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 256

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This classic volume of Barth’s essays was first published in 1924 under the title Das Wort Gottes und die Theologie. In this brand new English edition, along with each chapter, the entire critical apparatus and is translated, including an explanatory passage giving general historical context and details of Barth’s own biography. These essays represent the very best of Barth’s work. Far from being superseded by the Church Dogmatics, this resource provides helpful insight into Barth’s theology.

Karl Barth (1886–1968), a Swiss Protestant theologian and pastor, was one of the leading thinkers of twentieth-century theology, described by Pope Pius XII as the most important theologian since Thomas Aquinas. He helped to found the Confessing Church and his thinking formed the theological framework for the Barmen Declaration. He taught in Germany, where he opposed the Nazi regime. In 1935, when he refused to take the oath of allegiance to Adolf Hitler, he was retired from his position at the University of Bonn and deported to Switzerland. There he continued to write and develop his theology.

Barth’s work and influence resulted in the formation of what came to be known as neo-orthodoxy. For Barth, modern theology, with its assent to science, immanent philosophy, and general culture and with its stress on feeling, was marked by indifference to the word of God and to the revelation of God in Jesus, which he thought should be the central concern of theology.

Amy Marga is assistant professor of systematic theology at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, MN.

Incarnational Realism: Trinity and the Spirit in Augustine and Barth

  • Author: Travis E. Ables
  • Series: T&T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 288

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In the last half of the twentieth century, a consensus emerged that Christian theology in the Western tradition had failed to produce a viable doctrine of the Holy Spirit, and that Augustine’s Trinitarian theology bore the blame for much of that failure. This book offers a fresh rereading of Western Trinitarian theology to better understand the logic of its pneumatology. Ables studies the pneumatologies of Augustine and Karl Barth, and argues that the vision of the doctrine of the Spirit in these theologians should be understood as a way of talking about participating in the mystery of God as a performance of the life of Christ. He claims that, for both theologians, Trinitarian doctrine encapsulates the grammar of the divine self-giving in history. The function of pneumatology in particular is to articulate the human reception and enactment of God’s self-giving as itself part of the act of God. This “self-involving” logic is the special grammar of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit.

Travis E. Ables (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is visiting assistant professor of historical theology at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO.

Christ, Power, and Mammon: Karl Barth and John Howard Yoder in Dialogue

  • Author: Scott Prather
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 320

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This book examines the role of the New Testament concept of the “principalities and powers” in the thought of Karl Barth and John Howard Yoder, showing how this biblical concept of power is central to the fundamental theological convictions of each thinker.

Prather offers a scholarly account of the underexplored theological and ethical import of a major biblical theme and addresses questions and concerns from a wide range of academic and lay theological interest. He brings Barth and Yoder into dialogue here and examines the three crucial areas: the “confessional” distinction of church and world, the demonization of political power, and the intrinsic relation between the political and economic powers.

While other theologians have rightly identified a “Christocentric” connection between the thought of Barth and Yoder, this is the first endeavor to bring them together through the sustained analysis of a single doctrinal or ethical issue.

This intensely reflective and ethically focused interpretation of the ‘theology of the powers’ within the work of Barth and Yoder addresses a central, albeit almost hidden, theological topic in its importance for any public agenda of Christian ethics. Scott Prather’s book presents anew the biblical tradition and the whole range of key questions and discernments disclosing a theological awareness of ‘the powers’ and a critique of their dominance in capitalism and political ideologies. This book is a real guide for the theologically grounded resistance of Christians against any socio-political structures claiming authority in and for themselves.

—Hans Ulrich, professor emeritus of ethics, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Scott Prather holds a PhD in theology from the University of Aberdeen.

My Time with Karl Barth: Diaries 1965–1968

  • Author: Eberhard Busch
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 600

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Karl Barth was, without doubt, the most influential Protestant theologian of the twentieth century. He stood up to Nazism and presented a new theological vision in his multivolume Church Dogmatics. Eberhard Busch worked as Barth’s personal assistant from 1965 until Barth’s death in 1968. During those years, Busch visited Barth and his family every day in their Basel home, making notes of his visits and conversations as well as protocols of Barth’s seminars. Barth had decided not to write an autobiography but shared many thoughts and memories with Busch to preserve them for the future. Thus, Busch’s diary becomes a unique and fascinating document, lively and funny, with a gem on almost every page. The whole world of the 1960s comes to life, Barth’s visit to the Vatican, his reactions to Vatican II, and the many visitors received at the Basel home.

Eberhard Busch is professor emeritus of systematic theology at the University of Göttingen in Germany. From 1965 to 1968, he was personal assistant to Karl Barth.

Karl Barth, Catholic Renewal, and Vatican II

  • Author: Benjamin Dahlke
  • Series: T&T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 208

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From the 1920s on, Karl Barth’s thought was received with great interest by Protestants and Catholic theologians alike. This study outlines how and why this happened, especially in the period leading up to Vatican II. Dahlke shows how the preoccupation with Barth’s Epistle to the Romans and the Church Dogmatics triggered a theological renewal among Catholic theologians. In addition to Hans Urs von Balthasar’s critical appropriation of Barth’s thought, the controversy about the issue of analogia entis with Erich Przywara is also dealt with.

Benjamin Dahlke’s book concisely tells the previously unknown, but nevertheless fascinating, story of the intensive dialogue between Karl Barth and a rather varied group of German speaking Catholic colleagues. Parts of Barth’s most attentive audience, it seems, came from a field that he himself looked upon with a curious mixture of suspicion, disdain, and lively interest. Dahlke shows that conversing with Barth or criticizing his theology became one of the most striking phenomena of Catholic theology in search of reform from the 1930s to the 1960s. Dahlke’s finely written book is in itself a history of Catholic theology on the way to Vatican II.

—Leonhard Hell, University of Mainz

Benjamin Dahlke is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Catholic Theology at the University of Mainz in Germany.

Product Details

  • Title: T&T Clark Karl Barth Collection
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Volumes: 9
  • Pages: 2,648

About Karl Barth

Karl Barth (1886–1968), a Swiss Protestant theologian and pastor, was one of the leading thinkers of twentieth-century theology, described by Pope Pius XII as the most important theologian since Thomas Aquinas. He helped to found the Confessing Church and his thinking formed the theological framework for the Barmen Declaration. He taught in Germany, where he opposed the Nazi regime. In 1935, when he refused to take the oath of allegiance to Adolf Hitler, he was retired from his position at the University of Bonn and deported to Switzerland. There he continued to write and develop his theology.

Barth’s work and influence resulted in the formation of what came to be known as neo-orthodoxy. For Barth, modern theology, with its assent to science, immanent philosophy, and general culture and with its stress on feeling, was marked by indifference to the word of God and to the revelation of God in Jesus, which he thought should be the central concern of theology.