While a certain film staring Brad Pitt rocks box offices, we look at a resurrection of the flesh of an entirly different kind…
Karl Barth and the Resurrection of the Flesh
The Loss of the Body in Participatory Eschatology
By Nathan Hitchcock
Due for release: 25/07/2013
Early Christian writers spoke of the coming resurrection in the most tangible way possible: the resurrection of the flesh. Twentieth-century theologian Karl Barth took the same avenue, daring to speak of humans’ eternal life in rather striking, corporeal terms. From the moment he arrived on the European theological scene with his Romans commentary, Karl Barth was a thoroughly eschatological thinker and in this study, Nathan Hitchcock pulls together Barth’s doctrine of the resurrection of the flesh, anticipating what he might have said more systematically if he had finished volume V of his Church Dogmatics.
Set against the backdrop of the wider theological tradition of reflection on the resurrection, Hitchcock expounds Barth’s efforts to conceive of the resurrection of the body as a threefold hope that our bodily and temporal existence may be rendered at once eternal, manifest, and incorporated into Christ’s own body, itself risen and eternal.
Provocatively, Hitchcock goes on to argue that Barth’s description of the resurrection – as eternalisation, as manifestation, as incorporation – contrary to its intention, jeopardizes the very essence of human life it hopes to preserve. In addition to contributing to Barth studies, this book offers a sober warning to theologians engaged in the current trend of pursuing eschatology through notions of participation – an important and timely piece of scholarship.
About the Author: Nathan Hitchcock is Assistant Professor of Church History and Theology at Sioux Falls Seminary in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
About the publisher: James Clarke and Co Ltd is a long-established British academic publisher specialising in historical and theological books and also in reference material. It has been associated with the Lutterworth Press since 1984.