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date: 10 April 2020

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Starting from his ‘last word’ on the nature and tasks of theology in Evangelical Theology: An Introduction, this chapter attempts to retrace some of the decisive steps in Barth’s understanding of theology. Barth’s theological beginnings, his taking leave from the theology of his teachers and the programme of dialectical theology are touched upon; and some continuities and discontinuities are highlighted with reference to Barth’s book on Anselm, Christian Dogmatics, and Church Dogmatics. Throughout, the chapter emphasizes Barth’s view of the practice of doing theology and the way Barth himself tried to make this practice transparent with respect to its ground, aims, criteria, and methods, as they are rooted in God’s revelation in Christ through the Spirit.

Keywords: dialectical theology, dogmatics, knowledge of God, revelation, theology, Word of God

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