So What’s the Deal With Barth?

So a lot of people want to know what is the big deal about Karl Barth. Why is he so amazingly influential? And most people want answers to this question without having to read Barth’s mammoth 14 volume Church Dogmatics. Well, there is a book coming out soon that will answer that question from an evangelical point of view. It will simultaneously tell us why we should still engage Barth’s theology (since it is still so influential), as well as point out some of the pitfalls. Recommended for anyone who has had a yen to learn more about Barth, but doesn’t know where to start, and wants something from an evangelical standpoint.


  1. Steven Carr said,

    February 9, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    There are two shorter books written by Barth that I think are helpful in getting to the core of his theology. The first is The Humanity of God, which is a short explanation of his idea of the self revelation of God. The second is Evangelical Theology: An Introduction, which is an expanded form of his lectures he delivered at the University of Chicago and later at Princeton. Barth called the second book “a short account of what, up to now, I have basically sought, learned, and represented from among all the paths and detours in the field of evangelical theology.”
    I have found both of these books to be a valuable insight into the theology of Karl Barth. Both are available through Amazon.

  2. February 9, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    I see that Donald Macleod is a contributor. I wonder when (if ever) we’ll get a major tome from him – some major contribution to theology weighing in a 800 pages or so.

  3. February 10, 2009 at 4:10 pm

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