Combining Work and Pleasure

By Tim Butler | Posted at 0:04

If you've noticed I've been quoting a lot of Barth lately, you might guess that I've become quite fond of him. You'd be right. But, it is also because I've had the excuse opportunity to dig into Barthian history and theology lately. One of my projects this semester is to create a master thesis quality annotated bibliography and guess who I'm doing it on? Yup, Barth.

I figured if I don't have time to look into subjects I want to normally, I'll take any opportunity I can to make them part of my course work.

This project is just getting started, so I hope all of you can tolerate a lot more Barth in the mean time. As part of the research, I'm hoping to throw in some of Barth's contemporaries and fellow travelers, which logically sends me to look at Missourians Reinhold and H. Richard Niebuhr as well as Barth's fellow Swiss colleague Emil Brunner.

I hope I don't drive y'all crazy. :)


Re: Combining Work and Pleasure

Any good introductory books on Barth that you might reccomend? (although I think that I need to first catch up with the books already on my shelf)

Posted by Dave - Feb 21, 2006 | 20:10

Re: Combining Work and Pleasure

Dave, I think his Dogmatics in Outline seems to be the most accessible of his works if you want to dive right into Barth himself. It is based on a series of lectures he gave to his students, so it is a bit more colloquial in form.

Right now, I've started the Great Passion which is a new book by Barth's secretary that is suppose to be an introduction to Barth and contains lots of quotes from his work. I haven't gotten far enough to say how introductory it is — I think it expects you to be comfortable with “theology book lingo,” but it seem really good.

Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Feb 22, 2006 | 3:08

Re: Combining Work and Pleasure

I was looking to read a little Barth a while back, but I wasn't quite sure which book to pick I think that I did stumble across both titles that you mentioned, although I wasn't quite sure which to pick. I've added Dogmatics in Outline to my already ridiculously long list of stuff to read. Thanks.

Posted by Dave - Feb 22, 2006 | 21:55

Re: Combining Work and Pleasure

Glad to be of assistance. I think you'll like it if you get to it. I like that it is arranged according to the Apostle's Creed, so it seems to flow very naturally from point to point.

Don't let me dissuade you from the Great Passion either. I'm making slow progress through it (due to my own ridiculously long list and other obligations), but I'll try to post more thoughts on it here when I get farther into it.

Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Feb 23, 2006 | 5:23

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