The diaspora of scholars exiled from Russia in 1922 offered something vital for both Russian Orthodoxy and for ecumenical dialogue. Under new conditions, liberated from scholastic academic discourse, and living and writing in new languages, the scholars set out to reinterpret their traditions and to introduce Russian Orthodoxy to the West. Yet, relatively few have considered the works of these exiles, particularly insofar as they act as critical and constructive conversation partners. This project expands upon the relatively limited conversation between such thinkers with the most significant Protestant theologian of the last century, Karl Barth. Through the topic and in the spirit of sobornost, this project charters such conversation. The body of Russian theological scholarship guided by sobornost challenges Barth, helping us to draw out necessary criticism while leading us toward unexpected insight, and vice versa. Going forward, this volume demonstrates that there is space not only for disagreement and criticism, but also for constructive theological dialogue that generates novel and creative scholarship. Accordingly, this collection will not only illuminate but also stimulate interesting and important discussions for those engaged in the study of Karl Barth’s corpus, in the Orthodox tradition, and in the ecumenical discourse between East and West.
Contributors: Rowan Williams, Paul Valliere, Antoine Arjakovsky, Matthew Baker, Brandon Gallagher, John C. McDowell, Scott A. Kirkland, Andrew Louth, Ashley Cocksworth, D. Stephen Long & Richard J. Barry IV, David J. Dunn & Joshua B. Davis, Ashley John Moyse, Kallistos Ware
As Jürgen Moltmann has famously argued, hope makes a difference to life and practice. Tracing this through the writings of Karl Barth, this study endeavours to call into question the paucity of critical comment on Barth’s eschatology, the theological soil from which his Christian hope grows. Failing to acknowledge and do justice to his distinctively christomorphic hope, then, misses something essential in Barth’s theological perspective. Yet certain tensions are identified and questioned through interaction with the use of the genre of the tragic in George Steiner, Donald MacKinnon and Friedrich Nietzsche in particular.
Karl Barth addressed all the major themes of dogmatic theology, and in so doing made his own distinctive contribution to each of the ongoing conversations that constitute that theology. This book presents important new ‘conversations with Barth’ by leading contemporary theologians and Barth scholars. Each contributor offers their own distinctive emphasis to bring to light the ways in which the depths of Barth’s work may illuminate or be illuminated by the work of other prominent thinkers who preceded or followed him. The conversations they host between Barth and other philosophers and theologians raise critical questions in the reading and appreciation of Barth’s thought, and explore a wide range of themes in dogmatic theology. This book not only adds to the comprehension of the riches of Barth’s theology but also presents an important contribution to the ongoing conversations and debates alive in theology today.
Contributors: Nicholas Lash, John Webster, Timothy Gorringe, Graham Ward, George Hunsinger, Ben Quash, Mike Higton, John McDowell, Eugene Rogers, Katherine Sonderegger, David Clough, David Ford.