PUBLICITY RELEASE FOR THE DIGITAL KARL BARTH LIBRARY
In association with the Theologischer Verlag Zürich (TVZ) and Princeton Theological Seminary, Alexander Street Press is pleased to announce The Digital Karl Barth Library. This online collection will support a new generation of research into the works of one of the twentieth century’s most influential theologians.
The collection features the entire corpus of Barth’s Gesamtausgabe. Published under the TVZ imprint, this definitive edition of Barth’s works in German currently comprises 42 volumes of theological writings, lectures, letters, sermons, and interviews. As additional print volumes of the Gesamtausgabe become available, they will be added to Alexander Street’s The Digital Karl Barth Library. Also included is Barth’s magnum opus, the fourteen-volume Kirchliche Dogmatik, both in the original language and with the definitive English translation. Translations of numerous other important works by Barth are also included.
The combination of comprehensive German-language content and scholarly English translations of major works—all available in a coherent, easy-to-access online collection—make The Digital Karl Barth Library an unparalleled resource for students and scholars studying the life and thought of this modern-day “church father.”
A POWERFUL RESEARCH TOOL
Every document in The Digital Karl Barth Library is hand keyed and features metadata tagging specifically designed to meet the research needs of scholars. The same dedication to scholarly research has guided the development of Alexander Street’s search and presentation platform, which enables users to perform highly sophisticated searches and to view, organize, and analyze results with extraordinary speed and precision. For example, researchers can return comprehensive, accurate results in seconds for the following kinds of queries:
Find all references to suffering and tribulation in Barth’s sermons.
In Barth’s exegetical writings, identify words that occur most frequently in close proximity with the keyword λογος (logos).
Locate instances where Barth mentions Hitler in his letters.
Searching all Barth’s works, find all citations of Romans, chapter one.
The Digital Karl Barth Library is available on the Web, either by annual subscription or through a one-time purchase of perpetual rights. For pricing, trial requests, and other information, contact email@example.com or download the PDF brochure for more information.
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“When I was at seminary back in the early 1970s, my tutor told me firmly one day that I would have to choose between being an academic and being a pastor. I decided, sitting there in his office, that I was not going to make that choice… That has resulted in a lifetime of shifting from one foot to the other, as it were, in a world for which for whatever reason — and this is odd in the history of the church…theologians of the past have mostly been pastors — think of Augustine or Luther or whoever — they were pastors, they were preachers, they were teachers, they worked with people, they prayed with people, they didn’t sit in a study and do a cerebral thing away from that, and I fail to see why we should collude with this split world of post-Enlightenment ‘either the brain or the heart’…”
N.T. Wright, here.
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If only Barth had finished his Church Dogmatics we would actually have this developing pneumatology.
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A welcome volume on the development of Bonhoeffer's theology and ethics with an eye toward the interrelations with Karl Barth. This will add to the glaring lacuna of Barth and Bonhoeffer's dialectical relationship.
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There is newly published volume by Baker Academic that is worth checking out for those interested in the theology and life of Bonhoeffer and particularly how he steered the waters of his pacifist declarations (found most clearly in his 1937 Discipleship) and his involvement with the Abwehr‘s conspiracy to assassinate Hitler.
Mark Thiessen Nation, Anthony G. Siegrist, and Daniel P. Umbel’s contribution to Bonhoeffer studies looks to be promising: Bonhoeffer the Assassin? Challenging the Myth, Recovering His Call to Peacemaking (Baker Academic 2013). HERE is the news release and HERE is a brief excerpt.
Posted in Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Theology | Tagged Adolf Hitler, Anthony G. Siegrist, Baker Academic, Bonhoeffer studies, Cost of Discipleship, Daniel P. Umbel, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Mark Thiessen Nation | 3 Comments »
Last week for the chapel service where I teach, we sang a song that struck me as both funny and actually quite profound. And not in the way one might imagine.
As it turned out this particular song (“Follow You”) was not what was funny or profound, but the manner in which it was written (more appropriately MIS-written) for the projector so that we could sing along. This version of the song was written without a comma. And so one part of it read:
I’ll meet the needs for the poor and needy God
I’ll follow you into the world
The missing comma makes it say something not intended–”the poor and needy God”–by the original author (or so I might suppose), but the theological claim of such a lyric is deeply profound (or at least it felt so after I recovered from laughing at the missing comma and how it changed the statement).
The theological difference of a comma or its lack can make a world of difference. One might ask how “the needs for the poor and needy God” is even true theologically speaking? Well, it is the point of the incarnation that God Himself has condescended to take on humanity “emptying himself” of His divine prerogative for our sake. And it is in the service of the “least of these” that we are actually serving the Lord Jesus.
I believe theologian Jürgen Moltmann might be proud of the misread lyric ‘the poor and needy God’ (see his The Crucified God: The Cross of Christ As the Foundation and Criticism of Christian Theology, SCM Press, London, 1973). It is this God that is our God. It is this God that we encounter in the Lord Jesus–”the poor and needy God”–born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, descended to the grave, and has been raised, and ascended to the right hand of the Father. This is God in Christ. This is our God (even if it was not the original intent of the song).
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You read that right…Der Führer has something to say about N. T. Wright on the issue of justification. Who knew he was such a fan of Piper’s.
My own critical engagement with N. T. Wright on the issue of justification is not nearly so funny. But I enjoyed writing it.
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