Karl Barth in Conversation

Karl Barth in Conversation

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Overview

Karl Barth was an eminently conversational theologian, and with the Internet revolution, we live today in an eminently conversational age. Being the proceedings of the 2010 Karl Barth Blog Conference, Karl Barth in Conversation brings these two factors together in order to advance the dialogue about Barth's theology and extend the online conversation to new audiences. With conversation partners ranging from Wesley to Žižek, from Schleiermacher to Jenson, from Hauerwas to the Coen brothers, this volume opens up exciting new horizons for exploring Barth's immense contribution to church and world. The contributors, who represent a young new generation of academic theologians, bring a fresh perspective to a topic--the theology of Karl Barth--that often seems to have exhausted its range of possibilities. This book proves that there is still a great deal of uncharted territory in the field of Barth studies. Today, more than forty years since the Swiss theologian's death, the conversation is as lively as ever.

"This book is an exciting and important contribution to Barth studies. It breaks open the potential cul-de-sac of Barth scholarship to new conversation partners and thinkers. The result is a fascinating collection of essays that brings out new accents on Barth's work and offers constructive insights for the future of theology. . . . Let us hope this book sets an agenda for the future."
--Tom Greggs, Professor of Historical and Doctrinal Theology, King's College, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

"In this welcome collection of colorful and stimulating input from young scholars, we get to eavesdrop on some new 'conversations' surveying a diverse range of themes, and in the wake of the fresh questions raised, we are invited to hear again what Barth and others have heard and misheard."
--Jason Goroncy, Dean of Studies, Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, New Zealand

"This is a fascinating and instructive set of essays by a group of talented young theologians. These studies offer fresh perspectives on the thought of Barth and his dialogue partners and suggest new pathways for further exploration. Here we see both the ongoing power of Barth's theology to stimulate new conversations and the creative potential of a new generation of Barth scholars."
--Adam Neder, Associate Professor of Theology, Whitworth University, Washington

W. Travis McMaken, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Religion at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the author of The Sign of the Gospel: Toward an Evangelical Doctrine of Infant Baptism after Karl Barth (Fortress, 2013).

David W. Congdon, ABD, is Associate Editor of Academic Books for IVP Academic. His research plumbs the relationship between Karl Barth and Rudolf Bultmann.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608996773
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 02/18/2014
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

W. Travis McMaken, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Religion at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the author of The Sign of the Gospel: Toward an Evangelical Doctrine of Infant Baptism after Karl Barth (Fortress, 2013).

David W. Congdon, PhD, is Associate Editor of Academic Books for IVP Academic. His research plumbs the relationship between Karl Barth and Rudolf Bultmann.

Table of Contents

Preface W. Travis McMaken xi

Abbreviations xix

Section 1 Past Conversations

1 Promise and Command: Barth and Wesley on Matthew 5:48 John L. Drury 3

Barth, Wesley, and Revolutionary Christianity: A Response to John L. Drury Christian T. Collins Winn 20

2 Schleiermacher and Barth: On Theology as the Science of the Divine Word Matthew J. Aragon Bruce 26

On the Critical Science of Theology: A Response to Matthew Bruce Matthias Gockel 38

3 Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the Theology of Karl Barth Matthew Puffer 46

Response to Matthew Puffer on Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Influence on Karl Barth Andy Rowell 62

4 Pauline Apocalyptic and Political Nihilism: Jacob Taubes and Karl Barth Benjamin Myers 70

The Missing Enemy & A Missed Opportunity: A Response to Myers's Pacification of Political Theology in Taubes and Barth Derek Alan Woodard-Lehman 83

Section 2 Present Conversations

5 "You Wonder Where the Spirit Went": Barth and Jenson on the Hiddenness of God Peter Kline 91

The Spirit Is in the Details: A Response to Peter Kline William Barnett 109

6 Dueling Ecclesiologies: Barth and Hauerwas in Con-verse Halden Doerge 116

A Response to Doerge on Barth and Hauerwas Ry O. Siggelkow 125

7 Christ vs. Mammon: Tanner and Barth on Economics and Theological Method J. Scott Jackson 129

Following the Deacon Jesus in the Prophetic Diaconate: Toward an Apocalyptic "third Way" Beyond Barth and Tanner David W. Congdon 143

8 Beauty, Glory, and Trinity in Karl Barth and David Bentley Hart Keith Starkenburg 152

Beauty, Glory, and Trinity in Karl Barth or in David Bentley Hart? A Response to Keith Starkenburg Han-luen Kantzer Komline 165

Section 3 Expanding Conversations

9 On The Monstrosity of Christ: Karl Barth in Conversation with Slavoj Zizek and John Milbank Paul Dafydd Jones 171

An Analysis and Diagnosis in Response to Paul Jones's "On The Monstrosity of Christ" Sigurd Baark 189

10 Karl Barth in Conversation with Pauline Apocalypticism Shannon Nicole Smythe 195

Apocalypse Ellipsis: A Response to Shannon Smythe Andrew R. Guffey 211

11 Barth and Kegan: Theological Anthropology and Develop- mental Psychology in Lived Experience Blair D. Bertrand 216

Kegan and Barth: A Response to Bertrand Katherine M. Douglass 230

12 No Country for Old Man: Barth Calls the Coen Brothers Jon Courts 234

A Response to Jon Courts on Barth and the Coen Brothers Brad East 247

Afterword: The Future of Conversing with Barth David W. Congdon 255

Appendix: Become Conversant with Barth's Church Dogmatics: A Primer David Guretzki 279

Bibliography 299

List of Contributors 315

Index of Names 319

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