Archives For Karl Barth

 

Yesterday (May 10th) marked the birthday of theologian Karl Barth!

In honor of the occasion we offer the following rare video clips of him discussing theology…

*** Books by Karl Barth ***

 
 

1 – On the Confessing Church

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Today is the birthday of theologian Karl Barth, born 1886.

*** Books by Karl Barth

Here is an excerpt from one of his most famous books:

Epistle to the Romans.

Paperback: Oxford UP, 1968.
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A Brief Review of The Word in This World:
Two Sermons by Karl Barth
.
Kurt Johanson, ed.
Paperback: Regent College, 2007.
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Reviewed by Chris Smith.

There was once a phase in my life where I was reading anything I could get my hands on by Karl Barth.  However, that phase has sorted of waned over the last decade and it has been quite awhile since I’ve read anything by Barth.  Thus, I was delighted to have the opportunity to immerse myself again in some of Barth’s work, when Kurt Johanson invited me to review his new little book The Word in the World: Two Sermons by Karl Barth.   Although Barth’s sermons are an essential part of this volume, they are almost equaled in significance by the supporting materials that Johanson has assembled alongside the sermons here, particularly Will Willimon’s introduction “Preaching with Karl Barth,” in which he examines these two sermons as exemplars within the larger context of Barth’s homiletic work.

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We  have recently made a slight change to our format and the reviews, excerpts, poems, etc. of our Midweek update will be posted to “pages” on the ERB website, and announced via social media.  If you’re a “first-to-know” sort of person, you can get these updates when they first come out in one of two ways:

Otherwise, in our regular issue each Friday, we will recap the content of our midweek update.  For instance, this week’s update included:


In our continuing effort to fund the publication and free distribution of The Englewood Review, we are going to be collaborating more intentionally with Christian Book Distributors. Primarily, we will be offering you the opportunity to buy bargain books from CBD that we think of are interest. Buying books this way is a win / win / win proposition. You get great books for a great price, CBD gets the sale and we get an excellent referral fee from CBD.

This week’s Bargains:

564426: Church Dogmatics, 14 Volumes Church Dogmatics, 14 Volumes – HARDBACK

By Karl Barth / Hendrickson Publishers

Ships November 1.
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Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics is, arguably, the most important theological publication of the 20th Century. Reacting against a prevailing Enlightenment project (German Idealism), Barth sought to articulate an expression of Christian belief that nevertheless took seriously, and yet overcame the critique of Christian doctrine brought forth by 19th Century Protestant Liberalism, and the unsatisfactory re-construal of Christianity by rationalism’s close relative, “Natural Theology”.

Most believe he succeeded wildly, and in doing so re-established Theology’s ability to speak positively and confidently about faith, reason, and God in Jesus Christ.Since its publication in the United States the Dogmatics has remained relatively inaccessible to pastors, students, and even many professors due to its cost. Hendrickson Publishers, with its publication of the 14-volume set of the Church Dogmatics, has overcome this obstacle.

Hendrickson is reproducing the original 14-volume set edited by T.F. Torrance and G.W. Bromiley first published more than forty years ago by T&T Clark. The Hendrickson edition will contain the entire 14-volume set and all its contents, or the entire Church Dogmatics as it was originally published by T&T Clark. This set is ideal for pastors, students, and scholars who have wanted to read Barth, but have been heretofore limited by the cost of such an endeavor.

Note: As many of you know a 31vol. study edition of Barth’s Dogmatics is now available. It is important to note that Hendrickson edition is not the same as the study edition.

4220940: Mystery Of God Mystery Of God

By William Stacy Johnson / Westminster John Knox Press

$4.99  – Save 83%!!

Johnson challenges the static ‘neo-orthodox’ image of Karl Barth, bringing him into conversation with postmodern thought, especially that of Jacques Derrida. He picks up on the Barth’s idea of God as mystery and of Barth’s image of the empty space of the wheel at which the spokes of theology’s questions converge and finds in these a point of contact for dialogue with poststructural thought. Weighed against Barth’s Christocentrism (the center of the wheel) is Barth’s theocentrism (God as mystery); as Barth had said, God is veiled in His revelation and vice versa. Johnson takes a refreshing and promising approach which is a fine contribution to a larger discussion taking place between Barth’s theology and postmodern thought.

27419: Karl Barth & the Pietists: The Young Karl Barth"s Critique of Pietism & Its Response Karl Barth & the Pietists: The Young Karl Barth’s Critique of Pietism & Its Response

By Eberhard Busch, translated by Daniel W. Bloesch / Inter-varsity Press

$6.99 – Save 74%!!!

A significant contribution to Barth scholarship—now translated into English. Busch’s exploration of Barth’s affinity for Pietism and his critique of the movement puts into perspective key themes in Barth’s theology, including the nature of scriptural authority, hell and universalism, the relationship between believers and unbelievers, and more. 336 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.

 

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We  have recently made a slight change to our format and the reviews, excerpts, poems, etc. of our Midweek update will be posted to “pages” on the ERB website, and announced via social media.  If you’re a “first-to-know” sort of person, you can get these updates when they first come out in one of two ways:

Otherwise, in our regular issue each Friday, we will recap the content of our midweek update.  For instance, this week’s update included:


In our continuing effort to fund the publication and free distribution of The Englewood Review, we are going to be collaborating more intentionally with Christian Book Distributors. Primarily, we will be offering you the opportunity to buy bargain books from CBD that we think of are interest. Buying books this way is a win / win / win proposition. You get great books for a great price, CBD gets the sale and we get an excellent referral fee from CBD.

This week’s bargain books on the theme
Theology (Grenz and Barth) (Click to learn more/purchase):

222048: The Named God & the Question of Being The Named God & the Question of BeingBy Stanley J. Grenz / Westminster John Knox Press

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In this book, the widely regarded theologian examines the long-standing trajectory of thought that has equated the concept of Being with the God of the Bible–and thus claimed that the ontological category of Being is the guiding concept by which God should be understood. Grenz extends the engagement between Christian theology and the Western philosophical tradition and focuses the discussion on the importance of naming, particularly given that the Christian God is both named and triune. In doing so, he organizes the book into three parts, forming an overarching story of the interplay between the named character of God and the question of Being. First he analyzes the history of the philosophical concept of Being, then he shifts the focus to an exegesis of the “I AM” texts, and finally he moves to a renewed conversation between theology and ontological philosophy by means of the divine name.

031818: Renewing the Center, 2nd edition Renewing the Center, 2nd editionBy Stanley J. Grenz / Baker

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Renewing the Center has been an influential catalyst for many in the emerging church. With a new foreword by Brian McLaren and a new afterword from John Franke, the second edition updates the book for the contemporary church scene and shows how Stanley Grenz’s theological insights continue to shape postmodern church movements.

4220940: Mystery Of God Mystery Of GodBy William Stacy Johnson / Westminster John Knox Press

$4.99 – Save 83%!!!

Johnson challenges the static ‘neo-orthodox’ image of Karl Barth, bringing him into conversation with postmodern thought, especially that of Jacques Derrida. He picks up on the Barth’s idea of God as mystery and of Barth’s image of the empty space of the wheel at which the spokes of theology’s questions converge and finds in these a point of contact for dialogue with poststructural thought. Weighed against Barth’s Christocentrism (the center of the wheel) is Barth’s theocentrism (God as mystery); as Barth had said, God is veiled in His revelation and vice versa. Johnson takes a refreshing and promising approach which is a fine contribution to a larger discussion taking place between Barth’s theology and postmodern thought.

27419: Karl Barth & the Pietists: The Young Karl Barth"s Critique of Pietism & Its Response Karl Barth & the Pietists: The Young Karl Barth’s Critique of Pietism & Its ResponseBy Eberhard Busch, translated by Daniel W. Bloesch / Inter-varsity Press

$6.99 – Save 74%!!!

A significant contribution to Barth scholarship—now translated into English. Busch’s exploration of Barth’s affinity for Pietism and his critique of the movement puts into perspective key themes in Barth’s theology, including the nature of scriptural authority, hell and universalism, the relationship between believers and unbelievers, and more. 336 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.

 

In our continuing effort to fund the publication and free distribution of The Englewood Review, we are going to be collaborating more intentionally with Christian Book Distributors. Primarily, we will be offering you the opportunity to buy bargain books from CBD that we think of are interest. Buying books this way is a win / win / win proposition. You get great books for a great price, CBD gets the sale and we get an excellent referral fee from CBD. These books make great Christmas gifts!

This week’s bargain books (Click to learn more/purchase):

031273: Karl Barth and Evangelical Theology: Convergences and Divergences Karl Barth and Evangelical Theology: Convergences and Divergences

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Edited by Sung Wook Chung / Baker

Featuring contributions by Alister McGrath, Kevin Vanhoozer, Gabriel Fackre, Henri Blocher, and other leading Christian scholars, Dr. Chung’s balanced appraisal of Barth’s theology explores the parallels and differences seen in the theories of this leading 20th-century church scholar and the historic beliefs of the evangelical faith. 352 pages, softcover from Baker.

430371: Why Church Matters: Worship, Ministry, and Mission in Practice Why Church Matters: Worship, Ministry, and Mission in Practice

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By Jonathan R. Wilson / Baker

What exactly is it we’re called to do when we meet as God’s people? Wilson offers compelling insights on “gathered worship” as work, witness, and warfare. He examines practices of baptism, communion, and foot-washing; and shows how glorifying God together grounds us in truth and the language of faith. Invaluable reflections for leaders and laypeople. 240 pages, softcover from Brazos.

632958: Earth Habitat: Eco-injustice and the Church"s Response Earth Habitat: Eco-injustice and the Church’s Response

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By Edited by Dieter Hessel & Larry Rasmussen / Augsburg Fortress

What “earth-honoring” elements does Christianity have to contribute to the common good? How can we respond creatively and constructively on a local level to global issues? Editors Hessel and Rasmussen, James Cone, Ibrahim Abu-Rabi, Ernest Conradi, Steven Rockefeller, and others address the relationship between the church and our endangered environment. 250 pages, softcover from Fortress.


 


[ Editor’s note: This week saw the 100th anniversary of the birth of missiologist and theologian Lesslie Newbigin.  Our friend, Andy Rowell has written a wonderfully engaging tribute on his blog, and gave us permission to reprint it here… Thanks, Andy! ]

Ten Things You Probably Did Not Know about Lesslie Newbigin
in Honor of the Centennial of his Birth

by Andy Rowell
8 December 2009

10.  Newbigin means “new building” according to the first page of his autobiography.

9.  Though only three years apart in age, Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Feb 4, 1906 – Apr 9, 1945) and Lesslie Newbigin (Dec 8, 1909 – Jan 30, 1998) never did to my knowledge meet one another though the 27 year old Bonhoeffer was in London pastoring a German congregation from 1933-1935 while the 24 year old Newbigin was training for the ministry in Cambridge.  Both were very involved in ecumenical affairs and international relationships but Bonhoeffer was active in the 1930’s with the World Alliance, Life and Work, and Faith and Order; and Newbigin was primarily involved in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s in the International Missionary Council, World Council of Churches, and Faith and Order.  Though both were highly effective in the international sphere, both ended their lives more optimistic about the local church and somewhat disappointed in the theological compromises of the large ecumenical organizations.

8. Newbigin was sent out as a missionary by Presbyterians (the Church of Scotland) to India in 1936 but in 1947 the Presbyterians, Methodists and Anglicans in that part of India joined together and became The Church of South India.  He was elected a bishop.  That is how a Presbyterian–they do not have bishops–became a Bishop.

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A Brief Review of

The Early Preaching of Karl Barth:
Fourteen Sermons with Commentary by William H. Willimon
.
Paperback: WJK Books, 2009.

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Reviewed by Bob Cornwall.

This review originally appeared on Bob’s blog:
http://pastorbobcornwall.blogspot.com/
It is reprinted here with the reviewer’s permission.

Preaching has changed over the years, whether for the good or ill is difficult to say. In an earlier day, at least as seen from reading sermons by the young Karl Barth, preachers demanded more of the listeners than is normally expected of someone sitting in the pews today. There is less emphasis on the “practical” and more on the “theological.”

This book contains fourteen sermons preached by Karl Barth to the people of the small Swiss village of Safenwil between 1917 and 1920. They have been carefully selected by William Willimon, and translated by John E. Wilson. Barth began his pastorate in 1911, but the sermons come from the end of Barth’s tenure in the pastorate – just before he left for a teaching post at Gottingen. They also come from an interesting period of European history – from the closing years of World War I through the immediate aftermath. It is a period of transition, marked by the Revolution in Russia – an event that is very much present in Barth’s mind and preaching. Both the war and the revolution seem to represent the movement into a new age, where old paradigms no longer hold true.

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In our continuing effort to fund the publication and free distribution of The Englewood Review, we are going to be collaborating more intentionally with Christian Book Distributors.  Primarily, we will be offering you the opportunity to buy bargain books from CBD that we think of are interest.  Buying books this way is a win / win / win proposition.  You get great books for a great price,  CBD gets the sale and we get an excellent referral fee from CBD.  These books make great gifts!

This week’s bargain books (Click to learn more/purchase):


01111: The Works of John Wesley, 7 Volumes: Third Edition The Works of John Wesley, 7 Volumes: Third Edition
By Wesley / Baker$49.99 88% Off Retail Price. Save $350!!!
27419: Karl Barth & the Pietists: The Young Karl Barth"s Critique of Pietism and its Response Karl Barth & the Pietists: The Young Karl Barth’s Critique of Pietism and its Response
By Eberhard Busch / Inter-varsity Press
$ 6.99 74% Off Retail Price. Save $20!!!
636980: Radical Wisdom: A Feminist Mystical Theology Radical Wisdom: A Feminist Mystical Theology
By Beverly J. Lanzetta / Augsburg Fortress
$ 2.99 87% Off Retail Price. Save $20!!!