- Copyright page
- List of Abbreviations
- List of Contributors
- The Tasks of Theology
- Revelation and Scripture
- Jesus Christ
- The Spirit
- Sin and Evil
- Human Being
- Christian Life
- Justification, Sanctification, Vocation
- Barth and the Racial Imaginary
- Barth and Modern Moral Philosophy
- Barth and Gender
- Barth and Public Life
- Barth and Hermeneutics
- Barth and Preaching
- Barth and Environmental Theology
- Barth and Culture
- Barth and Judaism
- Barth, Religion, and the Religions
- Barth and Contemporary Protestant Theology
- Barth and Roman Catholic Theology
Abstract and Keywords
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.
Christoph Schwöbel is Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of St. Andrews. His books include God: Action and Revelation (1992), and Gott im Gespräch: Theologische Studien zur Gegenwartsdeutung (2011). He is editor of the journal Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie and is currently working on a textbook on Christian dogmatics.
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