By Rustin E. Brian

Karl Barth’s Christology presents a key to out-narrating the Deus absconditus, which, as Rustin Brian contends, is in truth the god of modernity. incorporated during this is the rejection of the logical and philosophical platforms that permit for the trendy figuring out of God because the Deus absconditus, specifically, dialectics and nominalism. This rejection is illustrated, curiously sufficient, in Barth’s selection to actually hide up, with a rug, Martin Luther’s works in his own library. without doubt this used to be greater than an ornamental touch.

The interpreting of Barth’s works that effects from this place to begin demanding situations a lot of latest Barth scholarship and urges readers to reassess Barth. via cautious exam of a giant physique of Barth’s writings, fairly in regard to the problems of the data or knowability of God, in addition to Christology, Brian argues that modern Barth scholarship will be performed in cautious dialog with the best examples of either Protestant and, particularly, Roman Catholic theology. Barth’s paradoxical Christology hence turns into the root for a dogmatic ecumenicism. Barth’s Christology, then, simply may be able to open up probabilities for dialogue or even convergence, inside of a church that's something yet one.

“This booklet is an important contribution to the vigorous dialog among Christian theology and postmodernity. possibly Brian’s such a lot trenchant perception is that Karl Barth’s quarrel with Martin Luther concerning the Deus absconditus parallels postmodernity’s critique of in general sleek conceptions of God, entertained via believers and non-believers alike. therefore, the best Protestant theologian of the 20 th century indicates the trail towards discussion with the dominant cultural kind of the twenty-first century. Brian’s textual content is full of life, provocative, well-written, and compellingly argued.”
—Robert Barron, writer of the concern of Christ

“Rather than accepting well-worn interpretations of Barth (and Luther), Brian breaks clean flooring with a provocative—and consequently all of the extra interesting—interpretation. Barth was once no longer a dialectical theologian indebted to a Lutheran Deus absconditus. in its place, he was once a theologian of the fantastic paradox of the fullness of God found in Christ. . . . Brian’s booklet marks a massive contribution for a brand new course in Barth studies.”
—D. Stephen lengthy, writer of conserving Faith

“In this ecumenically very important booklet, Brian argues that Karl Barth is healthier considered as a transitional determine who crucially helped open up the present, post-Protestant period in theology via breaking with the tropes of nominalism and voluntarism, which had imprisoned the mainline Reformation and distorted their grab of orthodox Christology. He makes a powerful case that calls for to be taken seriously.”
—John Milbank, writer of Being Reconciled

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