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Barth: A Guide for the Perplexed - Guides for the Perplexed (Paperback)
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Barth: A Guide for the Perplexed - Guides for the Perplexed (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 12/01/2017
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Karl Barth is perhaps the most influential Protestant theologian of the twentieth century. This Guide to his thought, written by one of the leading scholars of Barth, offers a concise but comprehensive introduction to his theology. The first chapter of the book considers the life and work of Karl Barth. Thereafter, the chapters examine in turn the key theological topics which Barth treated in his magnum opus, the Church Dogmatics - the doctrine of the Word of God, the doctrine of God, the doctrine of creation, and the doctrine of reconciliation. In each case, the theological path which Barth follows is first traced and then illuminated, recognising key lines of critique at appropriate junctures. The final chapter considers the legacy of the work of Barth, and the book closes with a list of suggestions for further reading. This structure follows the series format of the Bloomsbury T&T Clark Guides for the Perplexed, and offer a clear and accessible introduction to Barth's thought.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567032645
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 13 mm


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This is a sure-footed, careful, and deeply sympathetic guide to Barth's theology. Anyone new to Barth will find an invaluable starting point in Nimmo's account of the content (and also the style and structure) of Church Dogmatics. Seasoned Barth scholars will recognize the depth of knowledge behind Nimmo's skillful summary, and the deft, balanced way that he touches on controversial issues. Here is a book to which anyone can turn for a trustworthy and accessible overview of the magnum opus of one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century. * Suzanne McDonald, Western Theological Seminary, USA *
Paul Nimmo's book is a gift to readers of Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics. His clear and judicious exposition of Barth's great work, combined with reliable and illuminating commentary on each section, provides an unusually helpful introduction to Barth's magnum opus. * Adam Neder, Whitworth University, USA *
Paul Nimmo delivers a wonderfully compact and accessible introduction to Karl Barth's thought in all its scope. He lays out the structure of the Church Dogmatics and the doctrine of reconciliation in accessible schemes, and his commentary on Barth's treatment of classical theological doctrine speaks directly to contemporary readers. This will be my go-to text for students and pastors looking to gain a foothold in understanding the depth and breadth of Barth's theology. * Amy Marga, Luther Seminary, USA *
Paul Nimmo has provided us with a truly magnificent introduction to Karl Barth that will serve students for decades to come. The highlight is Nimmo's brilliant summary of the central arguments and underlying logic of Barth's Church Dogmatics. This clear, concise, and charitable account is complemented by incisive commentary that takes the reader again and again to the heart of the matter. One can hardly imagine a better introduction to place in the hands of a new reader of Barth's theology. * Keith L. Johnson, Wheaton College, USA *
Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics is an intricate, dialectic, symphonic work of staggering length, nuance, and insight. And yet, the complexity of the Church Dogmatics and the ever increasing volume of secondary literature makes reading, teaching, and engaging Barth with nuance and precision a daunting task. Like a master teacher, Paul Nimmo's Barth: A Guide for the Perplexed offers a clear and lucid introduction to the structure, theological arguments, and dialectic of Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics. In addition to guiding students, ministers, teachers and scholars through the complex theological terrain of Barth's magnum opus, Nimmo regularly presents insightful and penetrating analysis on Barth's thinking and its place in the history and ongoing work of theological reflection. There is simply no better introduction to Barth's Church Dogmatics than Nimmo's book and I anticipate it will become a standard in classrooms and studies alike. * Joshua Ralston, University of Edinburgh, UK *
Paul Nimmo's book bears the hallmarks of Barth scholarship at its best: a keen eye for detail, an appreciation of Barth's willingness to rethink and recast established doctrinal loci, and - to my mind most importantly - a keen interest in Barth's significance for constructive reflection today. Readers familiar with the Dogmatics will benefit from Nimmo's even-handed and careful analysis; those who are new to Barth's masterpiece will find in Nimmo an exemplary guide. * Paul Dafydd Jones, University of Virginia, USA *

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