Karl Barth and the Study of the Religious Enlightenment: Encountering the Task of History (Hardback)
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Karl Barth and the Study of the Religious Enlightenment: Encountering the Task of History (Hardback)

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Hardback 222 Pages / Published: 01/03/2018
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Encountering the Task of History analyzes the intellectual history of the eighteenth century provided by Karl Barth, most notably in his Protestant Theology in the Nineteenth Century. Barth anticipates the recent scholarship on the religious roots, impact, and significance of the Enlightenment, foreshadowing the later and now current challenges to the secularization paradigm. This volume seeks to establish a new vantage point through which to understand not only the wider shape of Barth's work itself but also his standing and contribution to public intellectual scholarship.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781978700420
Number of pages: 222
Weight: 513 g
Dimensions: 240 x 156 x 22 mm


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For too long Karl Barth has been confined to the church by both advocates and critics. Michael Jimenez's study of Barth succeeds in highlighting his contributions not only as a theologian but as a public intellectual historian, whose dialectical approach to history-which sees both past and present, history and theology, in a dialogical unity-results in a nuanced and sensitive approach to the Enlightenment. We can be grateful to Jimenez for highlighting this often ignored aspect of Barth's legacy. -- David W. Congdon, acquisitions editor at the University Press of Kansas and author of The Mission of Demythologizing: Rudolf Bultmann's Dialectical Theology
Michael Jimenez' decision to pursue a study of Karl Barth as an intellectual historian and not simply as a Christian doctrinal theologian has resulted in a work that makes a significant contribution both to Barth scholarship and to contemporary Enlightenment historiography. His goal is to examine the manner in which Barth practiced intellectual history through his reading of the Enlightenment period and to demonstrate that he had well-developed historiographical commitments. His location of Barth in the Basel school of historiography together with his examination of Barth's historical work on the Enlightenment period permits Jimenez to make a compelling case for Barth's major contribution to theology as a serious and influential intellectual historian. Indeed, Jimenez has convincingly shown the significance of history in Barth's work; that history really matters to Barth; that it is important to take his historical writings seriously on their own terms; and that his mature theological work is best understood and interpreted in the light of his work as an intellectual historian. This study makes a notable contribution in the context of widespread neglect of Barth's historical work amongst Barth scholars and academic historians alike. Jimenez's close reading of key samples of Barth's work is an exemplary demonstration of how and why the theological life and work of Karl Barth continues to be vibrantly engaged by theologians and others well into the 21st century, a half century after his passing. -- Howard J. Loewen, Fuller Theological Seminary
While Karl Barth is recognized as one of the most significant theologians of the twentieth century, the character and interpretation of his thought often leads to the conclusion that he has little to say beyond the confines of the church. In this careful study of Barth's reading of the Enlightenment Michael Jimenez develops the thesis that such a view significantly shortchanges Barth's significance as a public theologian whose work is deeply "modern" while also raising perennial challenges to its perceived hegemony that are as significant in the contemporary setting as they were in his own times. A valuable contribution to scholarship on the Enlightenment as well as the interpretation of Barth's theological and intellectual project. -- John R. Franke, Evangelical Theology Faculty, Leuven

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