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Church Dogmatics, Volume 1: The Doctrine of the Word of God (2 Parts)


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Described by Pope Pius XII as the most important theologian since Thomas Aquinas, the Swiss pastor and theologian Karl Barth continues to be a major influence on students, scholars and preachers today. Barth’s theology found its expression mainly through his closely reasoned 14-part magnum opus, Die Kirchliche Dogmatik. Having taken over 30 years to write, Church Dogmatics is regarded as one of the most important theological works of all time, and represents the pinnacle of Barth’s achievement as a theologian.

The two-part Doctrine of the Word of God is volume 1 of Barth’s Church Dogmatics. In it, Barth discusses the form and unity of God’s Word, the speech of God, man’s relationship with God, and how the Word affects faith. Ultimately, Barth shows that the Word of God is the revelation of the redeemer. Pastors, scholars, or students of doctrine will find this set to be invaluable in their understanding of Scripture.

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  • Provides a translation of Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics, Volume 1 in two parts
  • Offers an introduction into dogmatics
  • Examines the character and triune nature of God

Praise for the Print Edition

[Barth] undoubtedly is one of the giants in the history of theology.

Christianity Today

There are at least three key ideas in [Barth’s] early thought critical for his later writings. The first is the absolute transcendent sovereign God in contrast to sin-dominated mankind. Second is a dialectical theological method which poses truth as a series of paradoxes. For example, the infinite became the finite; eternity entered time; God became human. Such paradoxes create tension, in which one finds both a crisis and truth. The crisis, the third idea, involves humans. The individual discovers in the tension of the dialectic a crisis of existence, judgment, separation, belief/unbelief, acceptance/rejection of the ultimate truth of God concerning mankind as revealed in the Word.

—Biographical entries from Evangelical Dictionary of Theology

Barth’s greatest influence was theological, with his emphasis on God’s sovereignty placing him firmly in the Reformed (Calvinistic) tradition. He differed radically from the mainstream of continental European theology, rejecting both its subjective emphasis on religious experience and the prevalent idea that Christian doctrine is subject to, or limited by, its historical origins. By reaffirming what Kierkegaard had called an ‘infinite qualitative difference’ between God and humankind, Barth rescued theology from captivity to anthropology—that is, he reasserted God’s reality and sovereignty over human knowledge or imagination.

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Future generations of theological students will have to reckon with Barth’s work just as they have had to come to grips with Augustins, Aquinas, Calvin, and Schleiermacher...The chief merit of his work lies not in the doctrinal positions he has taken—though they are important—but in the challenge to a fresh hearing of God’s Word in Scripture by all who are concerned for pure doctrine in the preaching of the church.


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  • Title: Church Dogmatics, Volume 1: The Doctrine of the Word of God (2 Parts)
  • Author: Karl Barth
  • Editors: Thomas F. Torrance and Geoffrey Bromiley
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Volumes: 2
  • Pages: 1,456
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Church Dogmatics, Volume 1: The Doctrine of the Word of God, Part 1

  • Pages: 528

Part 1 covers topics such as the task of dogmatics, the Word of God as the criterion of dogmatics, and the revelation of God in the Trinity.

Church Dogmatics, Volume 1: The Doctrine of the Word of God, Part 2

  • Pages: 928

Part 2 covers topics such as the revelation of God in the Word, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the authority and freedom of Scripture in the Church, and the proclamation of the Church.

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.


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