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The Epistle to the Romans

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31/12/1969

Publisher writes

This volume provides a much-needed English translation of the sixth edition of what is considered the fundamental text for fully understanding Barthianism. Barth--who remains a powerful influence on European and American theology--argues that the modern Christian preacher and theologian face the same basic problems that confronted Paul. Assessing the whole Protestant argument in relation to modern attitudes and problems, he focuses on topics such as Biblical exegesis; the interrelationship between theology, the Church, and religious experience; the relevance of the truth of the Bible to culture; and what preachers should preach.

Judges' and contributors' comments

Alan Billings: I read this in my first job as a curate. It was so refreshing to read a commentary that moved from the text and the first century to contemporary issues with such boldness and coherence. I was not convinced by Barth’s theology as set out in the commentary, but reading it was a revelation and a shock. Insofar as it set question marks against my own liberal theology it was a great challenge. Phrases like ‘the infinite qualitative distinction between God and mankind’ and Augustine and Calvin’s emphasis on human sin have remained at the forefront of my own thinking. I was especially struck by Barth’s insistence that the Gospel – as encountered in the epistle – should not be understood as a ‘truth’ existing in a vacuum. The Gospel was always a proclamation of God in a particular historical context.

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