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Orthodox and Modern : Studies in the Theology of Karl Barth
Forty years after his death, Karl Barth remains one of the most influential theologians of the last century. Of late, much has been written attempting to reassess his philosophical assumptions and theology from the perspectives of Anglo-American postmodernism and postliberalism. In this intriguing volume, Bruce McCormack presents critical chapters that challenge the prevailing revisionist trends and focus on Barth as a modern yet orthodox figure.
As he notes in his introduction, McCormack self-consciously reads Barth from a Continental perspective, and his essays will likely be controversial in their challenge to contemporary American perspectives. The first two sections of his study provide context for reading Barth in relation to nineteenth-century German theology and engage recent postmodern and postliberal views. The third section focuses more particularly on an aspect that McCormack believes is critically important in the contemporary setting--Barth's theological ontology. The final section gathers together occasional writings that survey several issues of continuing concern.
This collection will be of great interest to those who already have some knowledge of Karl Barth's theology, but it will also provide serious readers with an approachable and thoughtful account of several areas of critical concern for contemporary theology.
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Baker Publishing Group
September 29, 2008
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