Karl Barth Among the Postliberals

William J. Brennan, III

 

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The Study of World Christian Revitalization Movements in Philosophical & Systematic Theology

 

Many Christians, and Evangelicals in particular, are deeply skeptical of postliberalism because of the vagueness with which it addresses the matter of the relationship between Christianity’s “text” or “narrative” and historical and ontological reality. Even if one accepts that theologies founded upon Enlightenment premises are unable to do justice to the Christian message, and that postliberal attempts to move theology away from such premises are in themselves appropriate, many are still suspicious that, in this attempt, postliberalism sacrifices claims to the objective and universal truthfulness of that message. Whether or not it has done so, the present work argues that it need not; it can be faithful to the most important and salutary aspects of its own method, without making such a sacrifice. The book argues that postliberal theology, which has learned much from Karl Barth, can remain a promising movement within contemporary theology if it allows itself to be corrected by Barth at some points where it has departed from him.

 

About the Author:

William J. Brennan, III is a PhD candidate in systematic theology at the University of St Andrews, in St Andrews, Scotland. Prior to doctoral studies, he graduated from Gordon College in Wenham, MA with a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies, and from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY with an M.A. in Theological Studies. He has served in the past as the pastor of Boyers Chapel in Sadieville, KY, and continues to preach and serve the local church in the United Kingdom. He is happily married to Isabel, with whom he has a son named Liam.

 

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