- 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
Barth is often depicted by theologians of religion as representing an exclusivist position on both salvation and the knowledge of God. This chapter troubles these claims through a reading of Barth’s discussion of religion in the second edition of his commentary on Romans and his critique of religion in §17 of Church Dogmatics. Building on Barth’s commitment to the primacy of revelation and particularity in §17, the chapter then critically challenges how Barth extends his critique of religion to non-Christian religions, which are often characterized by sweeping generalizations and dismissals. Barth thus fails to come to grips with the challenge that other religious traditions present to Christianity—not as religions, but as alternative claims to revelation. As such, theological engagement with other religions after Barth should not be based on a return to the category of religion, but on a deeper engagement with the primacy of revelation and particularism—both those of Christianity as well as those of others.
Joshua Ralston is Reader in Christian–Muslim Relations at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the Christian–Muslim Studies Network. He is the author of Law and the Rule of God: A Christian–Muslim Comparative Theology (2020) and co-edited The Church in an Age of Migration: A Moving Body (2015). He has published a number of journal articles and book chapters on Reformed Theology, Christian–Muslim Relations, and political theology. He serves on the steering committee of AAR’s Reformed Theology and History Unit and the editorial board of Beiträge zur Komparativen Theologie.
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