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The Holy Spirit and the Christian Life: The Theological Basis of Ethics
by Karl Barth
This rare volume provides a concise statement of the major ideas of one of the greatest Protestant thinkers of the twentieth century, Karl Barth. Divided into three parts, it presents Barth's lecture, "The Holy Spirit and the Christian Life." This work emphasizes Barth's focus on the Trinitarian character of God's self-revelation. Barth insists there is no way to get behin ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published December 1st 1993 by Westminster John Knox Press
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In October of 1929, German theologian Karl Barth gave a lecture called “The Holy Spirit and the Christian Life.” Interestingly, he was following a lecture that was given on the previous day by his brother, philosopher Heinrich Barth. Heinrich emphasized the continuity between the human spirit, national spirit, and romantic spirit and the divine spirit. Karl took a different perspective. Karl’s lecture is available in translation and print in The Holy Spirit and the Christian Life. Since it is th ...more
This work contains (divided into three parts) Barth’s lectures on the relationship of the Holy Spirit to the Christian life. He does this under the framework of Holy Spirit as Creator, Reconciler, and Redeemer. Under Holy Spirit as Creator his main thesis is that the image of God is the free work of God upon man through the Holy Spirit, and thus is not the possession of man apart from the creative act of God. The Christian Life is that life, which occurs after God’ s word has been revealed to ma ...more
This didn't grab me as much as some of Barth's smaller works. Perhaps it's because it's one of his earlier works (like Romans, I find it a bit hard to track.). Perhaps he's too deep in dialouge with Augustine, Luther, and Calvin (not that this is bad, but I perfer Barth's own voice). Perhaps I know too little about German idealist philosophy to pick up some it's subtlties (Although, I know enough to pick up the major contrasts between Christian idealist theologians and Barth's program.) Or perha ...more
Karl Barth (pronounced "bart") was a Swiss Reformed theologian whom critics hold to be among the most important Christian thinkers of the 20th century; Pope Pius XII described him as the most important theologian since Thomas Aquinas. Beginning with his experience as a pastor, he rejected his training in the predominant liberal theology typical of 19th-century Protestantism, especially German.More about Karl Barth...