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The Autonomy Theme in the Church Dogmatics Karl Barth and his Critics

by John Macken

The Autonomy Theme in the Church Dogmatics Karl Barth and his Critics Synopsis

The problem of human freedom before God echoes through the conflicts of western theology since Augustine and Pelagius and has posed an acute question to theologians for the past 200 years. Karl Barth, perhaps the greatest Protestant theologian of the twentieth century, faced not only the question of autonomy but also the theological answers that liberals had attempted to provide to it. His dissatisfaction with their answers led him to start a theological counter-revolution, which was thought to adopt a negative answer to the question of autonomy. In this careful study Fater Macken shows that a major re-interpretation of Barth's thought in this regard took place since 1968, and that - far from being an opponent of human freedom in relation to God - Barth is now thought to have proposed a positive account of human autonomy as his theology developed. Dr Macken demonstrates that Barth was neither fundamentalist nor conservative, but a creative and original thinker. This notable book, written by a Roman Catholic theologian, provides a comprehensive and useful guide to the 'new wave' of German Barth interpretation.

The Autonomy Theme in the Church Dogmatics Karl Barth and his Critics Press Reviews

...a comprehensive and commendable study that contributes to understanding Barth's position in the Kantian tradition...The final chapter is an excellent conclusion and evaluation... No scholar with an interest in Barth or the manner in which theology has dealt with Kantian problems should miss this work. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521346269
Publication date: 27th April 1990
Author: John Macken
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 244 pages
Categories: Christian theology,

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