In this crisply written, thought-provoking book Timothy Stanley offers the reader a penetrating study of the problem of theological ontology and onto-theology in the thought of Barth and Heidegger, as well as an insightful discussion of the significance of these two thinkers insights for Protestant theology today. Particularly impressive is the way Stanley uncovers the Protestant elements of Heidegger s thought and his exploration of how Barth attempts to root metaphysics in the being of the Trinitarian God. This impressive and imaginative book will be essential reading for anyone engaged in thinking through the possibility of a post-ontological, postmodern theology after Barth and Heidegger. --David R. Law, University of Manchester, UK
This is an impressive work. Stanley not only forges new ways of thinking about Protestant ontology in relation to Postmodernism, but advances the discussion of Heidegger's relation to Luther and Barth's use of Anselm to develop a truly theological ontology. Highly recommended, especially, for courses in twentieth-century theology. --William Dyrness, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA
Elegantly written and argued, this book by Timothy Stanley offers us a bold and exciting re-reading of the heritage of Karl Barth, who is here proposed a profound countervalence to the postmodern realization of Protestant metaphysics in Martin Heidegger. In so doing Stanley unsettles more than a few of our settled lucidities concerning not least the status of ontology in Barth s thought. This book proves the vitality of Barth beyond the old pro et contra that would squeeze the great Swiss theologian into the confines of some predetermined Barthianism --Aaron Riches, Centre of Theology and Philosophy, University of Nottingham, UK
About the Author
Dr Timothy Stanley is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Christianity and Contemporary Culture in the Centre for Religion and Political Culture at the University of Manchester.