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Barth for Armchair Theologians (Armchair Theologians)
This volume introduces readers to the life and thought of Karl Barth (1886-1968), one of the most important theologians since the Reformation era. Featuring the Armchair series' characteristic whimsical illustrations, Barth for Armchair Theologians surveys Barth's theology as it emerges and culminates in his monumental Church Dogmatics as well as how his theology continues ...more
Paperback, 183 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Westminster John Knox Press
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Concise, informative, without being superficial (and pictures to boot!). Barth has always lurked as a large but distant shadow whenever I dipped into theological study, first in seminary and now in personal reading. I became further acquainted with the Swiss scholar when going through the Bonhoeffer biography and decided to purchase this book to learn more about the man and his writings. Both the biographical sketch and the survey of his thought, particularly the overview on his magnum opus, "Ch ...more
Nov 24, 2007 Tracy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: folks looking to gain entry into Barth's thought
Reformed theologian Karl Barth is admittedly a difficult man to follow. His thoughts build upon each other in such a way that to isolate one part of his thought is to remove its context and up the chances of misquoting and/or misunderstanding him. He wrote about theology as a dialectical process, which demanded that he adopt a dialectical approach. This hasn't stopped many scholars from writing about him and using his thought to support their own ideas, however. This book provides a nice summary ...more
Jul 17, 2008 Alex Szatmary rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Christians with critical thinking skills
Recommended to Alex by: John Franke
This book was helpful for me in introducing me to Barth's thought. I find myself faced with the same theological problems that he was, treading between the impotence of liberalism and the audacity of conservatism. Franke's concluding chapter, warning against misreading Barth was apropos.
If you are anything like me, you, too, are interested in Swiss theologians. (That's a joke). Karl Barth is a giant of Protestant theology; I've heard about him, and have seen him referenced so frequently that I finally had to see what in the hell everyone is so hot and bothered over. Barth's most famous work--the five volume, 8,000+ pages magnum opus titled Church Dogmatics--is well beyond my mortal ability to read. Barth is high-level theology, which is why, rather than reading his original wor ...more
This is a great little book from a great series. If you have just heard of Karl Barth, you owe it to yourself to find out more about him. This book gives a good summary of his life and the background of the times he lived in. There is a very good summary of most of his important works with an entire chapter of 40+ pages dedicated to his magnum opus, Church Dogmatics. I found myself wanting to read the Dogmatics after reading this book as Franke does such a good job of whetting one's appetite for ...more
The author did a great job showing the development of Barth's life and thought, and I feel he gave a fair shake to his teachings and views. Most people completely botch Barth's teachings and compartmentalize him into boxes he doesn't fit in. The author does a great job demonstrating this and placing Barth where he belongs. Excellent job, five stars.
An excellent short introduction (166pp of text) with masses of fun cartoons that provides a helpful overview of Barth's life and work, emphasising in final chapter the importance of reading him as a dialectical theologian.
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