Barth, Derrida and the Language of Theology (Paperback)
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Barth, Derrida and the Language of Theology (Paperback)

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Paperback 280 Pages / Published: 28/01/1999
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This study offers a new and original analysis of the problem of religious language. Taking as its starting point Karl Barth's doctrine of analogy, it places this doctrine within the context of German Sprache and Rede philosophies and reveals the historical links between them and the work of the philosophers Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida. Drawing out the parallels between this work and Barth's insights into the language of theology, it concludes that Barth's doctrine of analogy is a theological reading of Derrida's economy of difference. This important contemporary interpretation of Karl Barth reveals his closeness to postmodern thinking and underlines his relevance to current debates on the language of theology. It will be of interest to those studying both general questions of theology and language and the particular relationship between theology and postmodernism.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521657082
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 214 x 137 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Ward makes available an additional, and arguably essential set of tools for the Christian in today's culture ... An exceptional book that does an excellent job of bringing together several of the leading and most controversial thinkers of our century.' The Expository Times
'When Ward passionately grasps at the question of the importance of language in theology, it is quite clear that this is a book with a clear methodology ... all of the engaging correspondences and complicities the author identifies are, and perhaps will remain, relevant in modern theology.' Literature and Theology
"...the first disciplined and lucid account of Derrida's significance in the interpretation of Scripture and theology. This examination of 'postmodern' problems is written with sophistication and an ear for what theologians find accessible. Its reading of the question of analogy in the traditional theology of Karl Barth, and of its historical and conceptual relation to Derrida's 'economy of differance' is convincing and thought-provoking." Benjamin Hutchens, Times Literary Supplement
"Ward's tesis, summarized bery simply here, is highly nuanced. He shows an impressive command of 20th-century theology and philosophy. Those looking for informative interpretations of workds by Buber, Heidegger, Levinas and of course, Barth and Derrida will not be disappointed. Ward offers a compelling case for the continued conversation between postmodern thought and Christian theology." Christian Century
"This is an excellent piece of work and deserves much careful reading..." Mark A. McIntosh, Anglican Theological Review
"It is a brilliant and complex analysis of Barth's way of responding to the post-Kantian crisis of representation in the form of a theology of the Word of God." Religious Studies Review

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