Got a Hankering for Karl Barth?

Cherry picking from our most recent newsletter of new titles and from a list of forthcoming titles there’s a bit of a theological thinker theme going on. If you’re in the mood for some philosophical and theological discourse then look no further.

First up we have possibly the greatest Protestant Theologian of the twentieth century; Karl Barth. Influencing many important figures with his thinking Karl Barth is a theolgian not to be ignored. In Claim of God Ethan A. Worthington offers an exposition of Barth’s doctrine of sanctification in his earlier theology and if you’re looking for more on Karl Barth and his other doctrines and theological thoughts check out the rest of our titles on him.

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The Claim of God
Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Sanctification in His Earlier Theology

By Ethan A. Worthington

“This book presents a close, attentive, and convincing reading of Barth’s doctrine of sanctification during this period and makes a significant contribution to this neglected area of Barth studies.”
David Clough, Professor of Theological Ethics, University of Chester

Or perhaps you’d rather an insight into Emil Brunner, one of Karl Barth’s contemporaries. In Believing Thinking, Bounded Theology, Cynthia Bennett Brown explores the nature of and limits to theological thinking in Brunner’s own work. Emil Brunner, a Swiss pastor, professor, missionary, and theologian whose name is classed among the neo-orthodox thinkers of the last century is certainly a figure worthy of critical study and in-depth analysis. To get at the heart of his work why not read Brunner’s Dogmatics.

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Believing Thinking, Bounded Theology
The Theological Methodology of Emil Brunner

By Cynthia Bennett Brown

“Those of us who wonder whether theology today needs fewer and not more voices will make an immediate exception after reading Brown’s volume. The author both rehabilitates this long-neglected theologian and persuades us that we neglect him today at our cost. With clarity and care, Brown reintroduces us to the thought of Brunner, once so influential on church and theology. We are edified and enriched.”
Stephen Williams, Professor of Systematic Theology, Union Theological College, Belfast

If a study of an individual theologian isn’t your cup of tea perhaps a comparison of two on a specific subject is more in order. In investigating the Christian theological understanding of the soul Yaroslav Viazovski looks at the body-soul dualism of John Calvin with the more holistic understanding of Karl Barth. Image & Hope is an analysis of the function and concept of the soul through John Calvin and Karl Barth’s distinct theologies. Soon to be published if your appetite for comparative studies of Karl Barth can’t wait why not try Theories of Justice by Stephanie Mar Brettman.

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Image & Hope
on Body, Soul, and Life Everlasting

By Yaroslav Viazovski

“Viazovski has written a well-conceived book. He clearly states his thesis in the opening chapter and then presses his argument throughout the entire work with compelling force. He is to be commended for writing such a lucid, well-argued book. What is more, his book is thoughtprovoking to the point of displacing old paradigms. The work is, therefore, foundational and I believe others will build upon his scholarly insights.”
Jeffrey A. Stivason, Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology, Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Finally, we have one last theologian to explore and another contemporay of Karl Barth. Adolf Schlatter was a world-leading Protestant theologian in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Union with Christ is the first extensive work on the Christology of Adolf Schlatter, it explores Schlatter’s evaluation of Kantianism, of the revival movement, of Ritschl and the Ritschl school, and of dialectical theologians, particularly Karl Barth. The book is also the winner of the 2015 Adolf Schlatter prize!

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Union with Christ
Adolf Schlatter’s Relational Christology

By Michael Bräutigam

“Adolf Schlatter was a giant of German theology at the turn of the twentieth century who combined painstaking biblical scholarship with a unique grasp of theological issues in a way rivaled perhaps only by Bultmann. Bräutigam does a splendid job retrieving Schlatter’s Christology as a resource for contemporary theological reflection.”
Johannes Zachhuber, Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, University of Oxford

If you’re tempted by any of these titles to sate you thirst for theological thinkers then just click any of the links to be taken to the main website and buy or pre-order at your leisure. Don’t forget to like and comment and feel free to start your own theological discussion, debates and comparisons below!


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