Questions of ecclesiology abound, and Karl Barth has been regarded as an unhelpful conversation partner and guide for those who care about ecclesiology and the place of the church in the academic pursuit of theology. The Only Sacrament Left to Us recovers Barth's doctrine of the threefold Word of God and shows that it is at the heart of his ecclesiological commitments, and that he offers a distinct and robust doctrine of the church worthy to be carried forward into the twenty-first-century debates about the church's place in God's economy. Thomas Christian Currie explores the central role of the threefold Word of God in Barth's theology of the church, explains its place in Barth's later doctrine of reconciliation, and seeks to engage the field of Barth studies with contemporary ecclesiological questions.
Thomas Christian Currie is Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Louisiana, and recently completed a PhD in Systematic Theology at the University of Edinburgh. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Scottish Parliamentary Review and has published numerous articles for The Presbyterian Outlook and its Outpost blog.
Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Abbreviations 1 The Threefold Word of God and Proclamation 2 The Threefold Word of God and the Holy Spirit 3 The Threefold Word of God as Ecclesiology 4 What Happens to the Threefold Word of God: Revision or Rejection? 5 The Threefold Word of God Today: Why It Matters 6 Conclusion Bibliography Index