- 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
Standing in a relation of both continuity and discontinuity with modernist Protestantism, Barth offers a vision of the Christian life that is radically Christocentric, eschatological, and morally engaged. The subject of the Christian life for Barth is the whole person, the embodied self not excluding emotions and affections. To be a Christian is to live a life marked by prayer, joy, and love of both God and neighbour. Like John the Baptist in Matthias Grünewald’s ‘Crucifixion’, the Christian is called to bear witness to the divine mercy in Jesus Christ. We see this vision played out in Barth’s doctrine of reconciliation, which shows how the stories of Christians unfold within God’s story. Barth’s late lectures on ethics, titled The Christian Life, portray Christian existence as invocation using the Lord’s Prayer as model. This ethic is marked by a ‘great passion’ that nevertheless takes shape in the midst of the quotidian and the secular.
Joseph L. Mangina is Professor of Systematic Theology at Wycliffe College, an Anglican institution within the ecumenical Toronto School of Theology. He is the author of Karl Barth on the Christian Life (2001) and Karl Barth: Theologian of Christian Witness (2004), as well as a theological commentary on Revelation (2010).
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