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


T&T Clark 2011

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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.

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Key Features

  • Provide an analysis of the four sections of Barth’s doctrine of the perfections
  • Addresses relevant debates within within broader Barth scholarship
  • Presents key theological decisions that shape Barth’s account of the perfections


  • The Being of God as the One Who Loves in Freedom
  • The Perfections of God
  • The Perfections of the Divine Loving
  • The Perfections of the Divine Freedom
  • Summary and Prospects

Praise for the Print Edition

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

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About Robert B. Price

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.