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This concluding part-volume in the Doctrine of Reconciliation was never completed and thus remains a fragment. However, its contents set forth Barth's detailed exposition of baptism, which stands as the foundation of the Christian life. Barth divides his treatment into the dual themes of baptism with the Holy Spirit and baptism with water. The discussion contains Barth's rejection of infant baptism as well as his understanding of baptism as non-sacramental, in distinction to Roman Catholic theology. It also highlights Barth's treatment of the free response on the part of humans to the reconciling work of Christ.
Described by Pope Pius XII as the most important theologian since Thomas Aquinas, the Swiss pastor and theologian, Karl Barth, continues to be a major influence on students, scholars and preachers today.
Barth's theology found its expression mainly through his closely reasoned fourteen-part magnum opus, Die Kirchliche Dogmatik. Having taken over 30 years to write, the Church Dogmatics is regarded as one of the most important theological works of all time, and represents the pinnacle of Barth's achievement as a theologian.
T&T Clark International is now proud to be publishing the only complete English translation of the Church Dogmatics in paperback.