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  • Paperback: 8676 pages
  • Publisher: T.& T.Clark Ltd; New edition (16 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 056702279X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0567022790
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 26.2 x 34 cm
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'He undoubtedly is one of the giants in the history of theology.' --Christianity Today<br /><br />'... one of the most notable theological publications of our time.' --Expository Times

'... one of the most notable theological publications of our time.' --Expository Times

About the Author

Karl Barth was described by Pope Pius XII as the most important theologian since Thomas Aquinas, the Swiss Pastor and Theologian, and Barth continues to be a major influence on students, scholars and preachers. Barth's theology found its expression mainly through his closely reasoned fourteen part magnum opus, Die Kirchliche Dogmatik. Having taken over 30 years to write, the Church Dogmatics is regarded as one of the most important theological works of all time, and represents the pinnacle of Barth's achievements as a theologian.

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Amazon's site confuses a short edited selection with (the price for) the whole multi-volume text by Barth himself. A look at the hard-back and soft-back price options confirms the confusion.
This is careless. I hope it will be corrected. Until then, we do not know which book is, or books are, being offered here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Publishing 31 Mar. 2015
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As there are at least two different items being advertised, I am reviewing the 31 volume set. If you are considering buying a set of books for over a thousand dollars you already know what it is. Thus I will concentrate on the quality of the publishing. This is not a budget printing. It is done like a quality hard cover in signatures so the pages will not come loose when the glue dries out in a few years. The advantage of this edition is that every word( including lengthy quotations) is translated. That alone makes this edition the only one to buy, if you want an unabridged set. So far as the content is concerned there are some surprises. Barth began as a liberal and steadily moved in a conservative direction. The big surprise is that he reversed direction after the initial volumes of this Church Dogmatics. For only one example he rejects the conservative vicarious atonement of his fellow neo-orthodox theologian Emil Brunner, in favor of the very liberal mystical theory ( he does change it by having Christ pay for the corruption he has accepted, on the cross, instead of the usual repentance or self purification of Christ -- advocated by other theologians who accept the mystical theory). The earlier versions of the mystical theory make the cross irrelevant, while for Barth it is central. I am sure I am not alone in the thought that Barth had been drifting toward a relatively evangelical position. In some ways he was further from the 16th century reformers he so admired at the end than he was at the beginning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Theology 30 Dec. 2013
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Karl Barth put Jesus back into Church dogmatic. God is infinitely unknowable apart from His self revelation in the sending of Jesus, as the Son of God. Philosophers try to find God in knowledge and Scientists try to find Him in the universe but He can only be found, as He has chosen to revel Himself as Himself in the sending of Himself to earth in human form to show the wisest person God is innocent and comes as a baby in Bethlehem; however, the weakness of God is much stronger than the knowable strength of creation. God is totally outside the creation and chose to enter into time and space to save mankind of those who would believe. For me this is the teaching of Barth and what he believes the Church should be preaching from the pulpits of those churches that are faithful to the teaching of the Bible. This book is an abridge and the culling of what the author things is important in Barth's teaching. If a person has the time and fortitude a reading of the Church Dogmatic proper (17000 pages) is a better read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it was great to find this book 18 Aug. 2014
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Ideally, one such as I would have time to read through the entirety of Barth's Church Dogmatics. Knowing, however, that I will never have such time, at least for many years, it was great to find this book. Although any compilation of any author's work will be lacking in some respects, I have found this particular compilation to be lucid, interesting, and helpful. Though I may not be a real Barth scholar for reading only this and two other books, I have gained some basic understanding of Barth's theological work. The book, in that way, has fulfilled its purpose beautifully. I recommend it to anyone who wants to gain some basic understanding but does not have time to scour through the entire Church Dogmatics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 25 Aug. 2016
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Very helpful. Written in a concise manner for students not expert in theology (yet).
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 15 Dec. 2015
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Great Book!! Barth is classic, his thinking and theology are enduring.

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