The Von Balthasar Thesis and the Myth of the Neo‐Orthodox Barth

Bruce L. McCormack

in Karl Barth's Critically Realistic Dialectical Theology

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269564
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600678 | DOI:
 The Von Balthasar Thesis and the Myth of the Neo‐Orthodox Barth

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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion on how the interpretation of Karl Barth’s theological development has been dominated by Hans Urs von Balthasar’s book, Karl Barth: Darstellung und Deutung seiner Theologie (1951) for over forty years. It identifies three studies that have challenged von Balthasar’s thesis: Eberhard Jüngel’s ‘Von der Dialektik zur Analogie’, Ingrid Spieckermann’s Gotteserkenntnis, and Michael Beintker’s Die Dialektik in der’dialektischen Theologie. A new paradigm for interpreting Barth’s development is then presented.

Keywords: Karl Barth; theological development; Hans Urs von Balthasar

Chapter.  12206 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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