Karl Barth on Theology and Philosophy

Karl Barth on Theology and Philosophy

Kenneth Oakes

Karl Barth is frequently assumed to were adverse to philosophy, wilfully unaware of it, or too indebted to its conclusions for his personal theological sturdy. those truisms of twentieth-century theology are challenged during this unique and complete account of Barth's figuring out of the connection among theology and philosophy.

Drawing upon quite a number fabric from Barth's earliest writings (1909) up until eventually interviews and roundtable discussions that came about almost immediately earlier than his demise (1968), Kenneth Oakes deals a developmental account of Barth's techniques on philosophy and theology. starting with the nineteenth-century highbrow heritage to Barth's earliest theology, Oakes provides the younger and 'liberal' Barth's knowing of the connection among theology and philosophy after which tracks this figuring out in the course of the remainder of Barth's occupation. whereas Barth by no means ultimately settled on a unmarried, fastened account of theology and philosophy, there has been nonetheless loads of continuity concerning this subject in Barth's oeuvre. searching through the lens of theology and philosophy Barth's continuous indebtedness to nineteenth-century glossy theology is obviously noticeable, in addition to his makes an attempt and struggles to maneuver past it.

In addition to finding Barth's account of theology and philosophy traditionally, this examine additionally supplies recognition to the explicit doctrines and theological presuppositions that tell Barth's varied portrayals of the connection among theology and philosophy. Oakes asks how and why Barth used fabric from the doctrines less than consideration-such as revelation, theological ethics, Christology- to speak about theology and philosophy. Barth is proven to were involved not just with the integrity and independence of theological discourse but additionally with the concept theology aren't lose its important and salutary interactions with philosophy. eventually, Oakes additionally considers the reception of Barth's concept in many of the luminary figures of twentieth-century philosophy, and identifies the 3 major impressions philosophers have had of Barth's existence and work.

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