Karl Barth was undoubtedly one of the most outstanding theological thinkers of the twentieth century. Referred to by some as the ‘father’ of the Church, his influence upon the doctrine of the Trinity continues to be a commanding presence. Barth understood that it is from Trinitarian teaching that Christian dogmatics derives what it has to say about the relationship between God and humanity. Most fundamental is the role of the Holy Spirit in our knowledge of God and His being as a trinity in unity. Barth’s work, the popularity of which has seen resurgence in recent years, has occasioned appreciation, critique and rejection. These essays testify to this conflict, the accessibility of Barth’s doctrinal conventions and the ‘inexhaustible resourcefulness’ of his theologies.
Trinitarian Theology after Barth draws together scholars who engage in the doctrine of the Trinity and the related themes. Barth’s thought allows for a variety of interpretations, and it is this that gives such vibrancy to the essays in this volume, written by seasoned Barth scholars and voices new to the debate.
List of Contributors
Foreword / John B. Webster
Preface / Myk Habets and Phillip Tolliday
Part One: Theology with Barth
1. The Role of the Holy Spirit in Knowing the Triune God / Paul D. Molnar
2. Divine Light: Some Reflections after Barth / Ivor J. Davidson
3. The Spatiality of God / Murray Rae
4. The Doctrine of the Trinity after Barth: An Attempt to Reconstruct Barth’s Doctrine in the Light of His Later Christology / Bruce L. McCormack
Part Two: Theology after Barth
5. Election, Trinity, and the History of Jesus: Reading Barth with Rowan Williams / Benjamin Myers
6. Obedience and Subordination in Barth’s Trinity / Phillip Tolliday
7. Filioque? Nein: A Proposal for Coherent Coinherence / Myk Habets
8. The Triune Savior of the World / Andrew Burgess
9. The Contribution of Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Appropriation to a Trinitarian Ecclesiology / Adam McIntosh
10. Why Do Humans Die? An Exploration of the Necessity of Death in the Theology of Robert Jenson with Reference to Karl Barth’s Discussion of “Ending Time” / Andrew Nicol
11. Prayer, Particularity, and the Subject of Divine Personhood: Who Are Brümmer and Barth Invoking When They Pray? / John C. McDowell
Part Three: Theology beyond Barth
12. The Doctrine of the Trinity—The Major Stumbling Block in Inter-Religious Dialogue? Reflections on the Methodological Function of Theological Concepts / Ulrike Link-Wieczorek
13. Temporality, Triunity, and the Third Article: The Mediatorial Work of the Holy Spirit in Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics / Antony Glading
14. The Dynamic Stillness of God: Trinitarian Conceptions of Divine Immutability and Impassibility / Haydn D. Nelson
15. Reconciling Normative Tensions in Biomedical Ethics: Constructing an Ethics of Coinherence Informed by the Trinitarian Theology of Karl Barth / Ashley Moyse
16. Vestiges of Trinity / Nicola Hoggard-Creegan
Endorsements and Reviews
This exciting new volume is a distinctive and important addition to Barth studies. The essays are noteworthy for their interpretative rigor and constructive ambition; they supply a vivid sense of what it means to think with, after, and beyond Barth in the present day. Highly recommended.
Paul Dafydd Jones, Assistant Professor of Western Religious Thought, University of Virginia
She identifies the key trajectory for Barth studies going forward. Readers of the collection, pastors and theologians, will take up the challenge.
Beau Pihlaja, in Theological Book Review, Vol 24, No 2
Each contributor has encountered [Barth’s] work and provides a response to it, in pieces that range in topic from God to biomedical ethics.
Church Times, 23 May 2014