Hope in Barth's Eschatology

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Hope in Barth's Eschatology presents a critical investigation and survey of Karl Barth's writings, particularly his Church Dogmatics IV.3, in order to locate the character and nature of 'hope' within Barth's eschatology. Arguing that Barth, with his form of hope that refuses to shy away from the dark themes of the 'tragic vision', could be seen to undermine certain tragic sensibilities necessary for a healthy account of hope, John McDowell locates Barth within the context of larger traditions of theological thinking, and influential accounts of Christian hope, examining the work of Steiner, MacKinnon, Pannenberg, Rahner, Moltmanm and others.

Addressing the relative neglect that Barth commentators have paid to eschatological themes, McDowell maintains that to miss what Barth is doing in his eschatology, is to seriously misunderstand Barth's broader theological sense. This book offers a significant contribution to the ongoing task of understanding Barth's theology whilst developing a way of reading hope and eschatology that, ultimately, places some critical questions at Barth's door. <%REVIEW%> This is not just an excellent treatment of Karl Barth's eschatology; it is also a lively engagement with major debates about God, contemporary human life and fundamental ways of orienting ourselves towards the future. Professor David F. Ford, University of Cambridge, UK

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McDowell examines hope in the theology of Karl Barth (1886-1968) and the eschatological soil in which he finds it germinated and nourished, a little studied aspect of his work. He contends that the neglect of the topic is detrimental to an adequate grasp of the overall theological account, and that readings by recent scholars are fundamentally flawed at that particular juncture. He proposes that the eschatology does not foreclose the future by trumping either thought with prediction or temporality with realization. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Acknowledgments; List of Abbreviations; Introduction. 1. Silenus' Wisdom and the "Crime of Existence": George Steiner on the Untragic Nature of Christian Hope. 2. Escaping Contingency: Barth's Eschatological Actuality 42. 3. Barth's Developing Eschatology (1909-1924). 4. Barth's Christological Hermeneutic of Eschatological Assertions (GD-CD, I). 5. Contriving Creation Eschatologically under Christological Control: The Doctrine of Election (CD, II-III). 6. Being Placed in Hope: Christ's Prophetic Work (CD, IV.3, IV.4). 7. Hope's Performance in Anticipating the Coming Dawn (CD, IV.3, IV.4, CL). 8. Conclusion. Faintly Detecting Edgar's Voice in Barth. Select Bibliography; Index of Names.
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