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Barth, Anselm, and Analogy

(Ed. note: given that Keith's book was recently reissued in paperback, making it far more affordable, it seemed like a good time to post this...)

This is a particularly good footnote from Keith Johnson on a proper understanding of the place Barth’s Anselm book plays in Barth’s theology, in continuity with McCormack and contra von Balthasar. Although undermining HUvB’s pictures of Barth’s development does not put the final nail in the coffin of the popular picture on Barth and the analogy of being (that he didn’t understand it, that he changed his mind about it, etc.), it does (or ought to) at least shift the burden of proof off of opponents of the popular picture, and onto its proponents.

As usual, bold is mine and italics are original to the text.
Keith L. Johnson, Karl Barth and the Analogia entis, T&T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology (London; T&T Clark, 2010).This book [Barth’s Anselm book] plays an important role in von Balthasar’s reading of Barth, as he locates…

Come Have Some Coffee With Me @ Lindenwood University Tomorrow

If you are in the St. Louis area, consider dropping by Lindenwood University tomorrow afternoon to get a cup of coffee with me, along with some of my colleagues and students. As an added bonus, you will receive the rare and inestimably valuable opportunity to listen to me pontificate on all manner of things. My goal is to squeeze ten pages into a twenty-minute presentation…so, that will be interesting in itself. On top of that, I only have one footnote in that whole presentation, so you know that it will be the most amazing thing ever.

In all seriousness, it should be a good time so stop by if you can.

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Well, hello there...

Well, hello there, gentle reader. Long time no see. It is I, your intrepid theo-blogger. Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated. The truth is, I have been buried under a pile of work here at Lindenwood, teaching 120+ students about world religions and the history of Christianity. In fact, last week was mid-term week. As if that wasn’t enough, I had the incredible foresight to assign a paper due at about the same time. Suffice it to say, I spent the last week or so grading until my fingers bled and I began bleeding from my ears. On top of that, each and every of the incredibly few spare moments I’m able to carve out has been directed toward getting my dissertation ready to defend (it’s getting close, cross your fingers!). On top of that even further, I’m currently working on a presentation on “sacred space” for a panel discussion and Q&A on that topic next week here on campus (if you are in the St. Louis area and want to attend, contact me and I’ll send you the flier).