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.
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.