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Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics: An Introduction and Reader
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Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics: An Introduction and Reader


T&T Clark 2012

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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.

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Key Features

  • Offers an introduction to Barth’s Church Dogmatics
  • Provides helpful pointers to secondary material for further interaction
  • Presents an ideal text for beginners studying Karl Barth


  • Introducing Karl Barth
  • The Word of God in Its Threefold Form
  • The Trinity
  • The Word Heard and Testified
  • The Perfect God
  • The Election of Jesus Christ
  • Theological Ethics
  • Creation and Covenant
  • Providence
  • Nothingness: Sin as the Impossible Possiblity
  • Reconciliation in Christ
  • Justification and Sanctification
  • The Living Christ and the Promised Spirit
  • Vocation and Witness
  • The Chrisitan Life

Praise for the Print Edition

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, 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

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About R. Michael Allen

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