Engaging with Barth

While PhD’s and monographs on Karl Barth’s thinking continue to be produced in greater numbers than ever before (and deservedly so, despite my question here), very few volumes have given us an evaluation both critical and fair of Barth’s massive theological legacy in a multi-author source.

January 2008 will witness the launch of Engaging with Barth: Contemporary Evangelical Critiques, edited by David Gibson & Daniel Strange. I must confess to being a little sceptical when I first surveyed the list of contributors to this title, some of whom I was surprised to see mentioned in a collection on Barth (not to mention the obvious omission of some leading evangelical experts on Barth). However, my tune has somewhat changed since I heard Andy McGowan read his chapter recently and despite remaining unconvinced on a few points, his paper was engaging and served as a model of clarity and fairness, of taking Barth seriously and extending the discussion into some helpful trajectories. If McGowan’s chapter is a true indication of the desire for this book’s authors to engage fairly with Barth, then I can honestly say that I’m now looking forward to reading (and reviewing) the rest, though still some chapters more than others.

The books contents are:

Foreword
Carl R. Trueman

Introduction
David Gibson & Daniel Strange

1. Karl Barth’s Christocentric Method
Henri Blocher

2. Does it matter if Christian Doctrine is Contradictory? Barth on Logic and Theology
Sebastian Rehnman

3. Karl Barth as Historical Theologian: The Recovery of Reformed Theology in Barth’s Early Dogmatics
Ryan Glomsrud

4. Karl Barth and Covenant Theology
A. T. B. McGowan

5. The Day of God’s Mercy: Romans 9-11 in Barth’s Doctrine of Election
David Gibson

6. Witness to the Word: On Barth’s Doctrine of Scripture
Mark D. Thompson

7. A Private Love? Karl Barth and the Triune God
Michael J. Ovey

8. Karl Barth and the Doctrine of the Atonement
Garry J. Williams

9. Karl Barth and the Visibility of God
Paul Helm

10. Karl Barth and Jonathan Edwards on Reprobation (and Hell)
Oliver D. Crisp

11. ‘Church’ Dogmatics: Karl Barth as Ecclesial Theologian
Donald Macleod

12. A Stony Jar: The Legacy of Karl Barth for Evangelical Theology
Michael S. Horton

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