This is the first retrospective work of its kind bringing us into direct and personal contact with one of the 20th century's most discussed and influential thinkers. This work sheds new light on the later years of Karl Barth, the Reformed theologian, his focal Church teachings and his celebrated life as the "Lion of European theology". After introducing us to the mature Karl Barth and his co-worker, Charlotte von Kirschbaum, this book exposes the intrinsic order and coherence of Barth's creative theology as a free rational response to Christ. We find Barth telling his students how his personal experience in Nazi Germany reinforced his rejection of any nature-based theology and his study of Paul and an Anselmic impetus led to a self-critical openness that made him resistant to stereotypical tags, pre-set methods and fixed theological systems. Conceiving of theology as dialogue, Barth expected to be questioned critically. The mature Barth would dispense with the apologetic and the polemic that had once been his forte, in favor of a positive Church proclamation that is not only attentive to the storied sagas of Scripture, but also conversant with diverse thinkers past and present.
Barth found the times of our lives to be paradoxically imbedded in and upheld by divine simultaneity, and our wholeness as persons to be protected by a grace-oriented ethic of free- even playful-pneumatic response.
Chapter 1 Pilgrimage to Basel:; Chapter 2 The Mind of Faith: Barth's Quest for Rational Intelligibility; Chapter 3 The Beautiful Craft of Theology; Chapter 4 Theology as Attentive Dialogue in the Vertical; Chapter 5 Interactive Dialogue: Horizontal Openness Today; Chapter 6 Listening In: The Tone of Karl Barth's Anglo-American Colloquies; Chapter 7 Barth's Resonance for an American; AND MORE.