Book Chapters

“No Cowering Down: Glory, Election and Worship in Karl Barth’s Doctrine of God”

With the aim of envisioning new horizons for a theology of glory, Exploring the Glory of God: New Horizons for a Theology of Glory offers fresh biblical, theological, and scientific perspectives on the subject of divine self-revelation and human responses to the manifestations of divine presence. The first three chapters explore the glorious encounter between Moses and God, and the Christological dimensions of glory in Johannine and Pauline writings. These chapters demonstrate how the biblical text inherently weaves aspects of covenant relationship, revelation, Christology, ecclesiology, and eschatology into a remarkable tapestry of divine glory. Five theological chapters cover the role of the Holy Spirit and the worshipful response of believers to the glory of God, as well as expositions on the glory-themed writings of Jonathan Edwards, Karl Barth, Oscar Romero, and Etty Hillesum. These theological writers provoke challenging questions by emphasizing how the theme of glory paradoxically encompasses both otherworldly perfection and worldly imperfections. The two concluding chapters focus on the natural and physical sciences, revealing how God’s glory is displayed in the heavens and on earth. The entire volume demonstrates the significance of divine glory in the study of the words and works of the triune God.

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“Beauty, Glory and Trinity in Karl Barth and David Bentley Hart”

Karl Barth was an eminently conversational theologian, and with the Internet revolution, we live today in an eminently conversational age. Being the proceedings of the 2010 Karl Barth Blog Conference, Karl Barth in Conversation brings these two factors together in order to advance the dialogue about Barth’s theology and extend the online conversation to new audiences. With conversation partners ranging from Wesley to Žižek, from Schleiermacher to Jenson, from Hauerwas to the Coen brothers, this volume opens up exciting new horizons for exploring Barth’s immense contribution to church and world. The contributors, who represent a young new generation of academic theologians, bring a fresh perspective to a topic–the theology of Karl Barth–that often seems to have exhausted its range of possibilities. This book proves that there is still a great deal of uncharted territory in the field of Barth studies. Today, more than forty years since the Swiss theologian’s death, the conversation is as lively as ever.

“What the apostles will let us get away with saying: Plantinga and Rorty on the social establishment of religious belief”

Prior to his death in 2007, the self-described secular philosopher Richard Rorty began to modify his previous position concerning religion. Moving from “atheism” to “anti-clericalism,” Rorty challenges the metaphysical assumptions that lend justification to abuses of power in the name of religion. Instead of dismissing and ignoring Rorty’s challenge, the essays in this volume seek to enter into meaningful conversation with Rorty’s thought and engage his criticisms in a constructive and serious way. In so doing, one finds promising nuggets within Rorty’s thought for addressing particular questions within Christianity. The essays in this volume offer charitable yet fully confessional engagements with an impressive secular thinker.