Despite a number of formal and material differences, however, Barth's position coheres with the intent of the ancient councils and ought to be judged as orthodox. Barth's great contribution to Christology is in the unapologetic affirmation of 'the humanity of God'.
The Book is divided into four main sections. The first traces the course of Barth's life, outlines briefly his main writings, and sees how and why Barth has come to believe what he believes and think in the way he does. The second deals with the question of revelation, the third with his natural theology, the fourth with Barth's Christological approach to doctrine.
Barth made the provocative statement that perhaps what Schleiermacher was up to
was a “theology of the third-article” and that he anticipated in the future
that a true third-article theology would appear. Many interpreters, of course,
took that to indicate not only a change in Barth’s perception of Schleiermacher
but also as a self-referential critique. The author investigates this claim,
contesting the standard interpretations, and argues for a Barthian
pneumatology—a doctrine of the Holy Spirit grounded in the scriptural witness
and connected to the vital Christological and dialectical theology found in
Contributors include Clifford B. Anderson, Michael Beintker, Eberhard Busch, Timothy Gorringe, Garrett Green, Kevin Hector, I. John Hesselink, George Hunsinger, J. Christine Janowski, Paul Dafydd Jones, Joseph L. Mangina, Bruce L. McCormack, Daniel L. Migliore, Paul D. Molnar, Adam Neder, Amy Plantinga Pauw, Gerhard Sauter, Katherine Sonderegger, John Webster, and many others.
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