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Even though Karl Barth is considered the premier Protestant theologian of the 20th century, how many scholars actually study him? If ever a theologian required a guide, it would be Barth whose massive Church Dogmatics alone spans over eight thousand pages and six million words.
Through An Explorer's Guide to Karl Barth David Guretzki wants to rectify this shortfall by offering a user-friendly guide to Barth's life and theology. Guretzki's guide provides frequently asked questions, a tour of Barth's major texts, a primer on Church Dogmatics, a glossary of key concepts and influences, and more. With decades of study and teaching on Barth under his belt, Guretzki has compiled numerous hints and notes along the way that will give first-time readers or seasoned Barth scholars alike the tools and tips they need to best explore the writings of this Swiss theologian.
|Title: An Explorer's Guide to Karl Barth|
By: David Guretzki
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)|
Weight: 10 ounces
Stock No: WW851379
"The prospect of reading Karl Barth's theology can be intimidating for new and experienced theologians alike. The historical distance between Barth's time and our own, the complexity of his thought, the ongoing scholarly debates about his work, and the sheer number of pages Barth produced can make it difficult to know where and how to begin. That's where this book comes in. David Guretzki has spent years helping students explore Barth's theology, and he has distilled the wisdom he has gained during these years into these pages. The result is an accessible and generous guide to Barth's theology that reduces the intimidation factor, answers common questions, and makes the task of reading Barth fun. I recommend this book for professors, students, pastors, and anyone else interested in reading Barth."
—Keith L. Johnson, Wheaton College
"Beginning readers of Karl Barth will not find a better, more reliable, more accessible introduction to his theology than David Guretzki's An Explorer's Guide to Karl Barth. Guretzki knows Barth's theology so well that he can explain it without using a lot of technical jargon. The idea of including a list of Barth-related FAQ is a stroke of genius. I will certainly assign this book to my own students."
—Joseph Mangina, professor of theology, Wycliffe College, Toronto
"One of the biggest challenges to studying the work of Karl Barth with genuine comprehension is simply getting started and moving in the right direction. In this volume, David Guretzki provides an ideal place for readers to begin, based on years of introducing his students to Barth's writings and theological ideas. A most welcome resource for those embarking on the journey of reading Barth as well as those seeking to teach them."
—John R. Franke, theologian in residence, Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, author of Barth for Armchair Theologians
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