Karl Barth and Comparative Theology

9780823284603: Hardback
Release Date: 10th July 2019

9780823284610: EPUB
Release Date: 6th August 2019

Dimensions: 152.4 x 228.6

Number of Pages: 288

Edition: 1st Edition

Series Comparative Theology: Thinking Across Traditions

Fordham University Press

Karl Barth and Comparative Theology

This volume builds on recent engagements with Barth in theologies of religion, and opens new conversation between Barth and comparative theology. In each of six religion-specific sections, two theologians offer focused engagements of Barth with themes and figures from another religious tradition, followed by response from a theologian from that tradition itself.
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Building on recent engagements with Barth in the area of theologies of religion, Karl Barth and Comparative Theology inaugurates a new conversation between Barth’s theology and comparative theology. Each essay brings Barth into conversation with theological claims from other religious traditions for the purpose of modeling deep learning across religious borders from a Barthian perspective. For each tradition, two Barth-influenced theologians offer focused engagements of Barth with the tradition’s respective themes and figures, and a response from a theologian from that tradition then follows. With these surprising and stirringly creative exchanges, Karl Barth and Comparative Theology promises to open up new trajectories for comparative theology.

Contributors: Chris Boesel, Francis X. Clooney, Christian T. Collins Winn, Victor Ezigbo, James Farwell, Tim Hartman, S. Mark Heim, Paul Knitter, Pan-chiu Lai, Martha L. Moore-Keish, Peter Ochs, Marc Pugliese, Joshua Ralston, Anantanand Rambachan, Randi Rashkover, Kurt Richardson, Mun’im Sirry, John Sheveland, Nimi Wariboko

Foreword: Some Reflections on Barth and Comparative Theology | ix
Francis X. Clooney

Introduction | 1
Christian T. Collins Winn and Martha L. Moore-Keish

I Barth and Judaism

1 Comparative Theology, Comparative Wisdom, and Covenantal Logic | 19
Randi Rashkover

2 Faith as Immunity to History? Rethinking Barth and Fackenheim | 36
Chris Boesel

Response to Part I | 57
Peter Ochs

II Barth and Buddhism

3 Barth’s Theology of Religion and Dōgen’s Nondualism | 67
James Farwell

4 Barth and Universal Salvation: A Mahayana Buddhist Perspective | 85
Pan-Chiu Lai

Response to Part II | 105
Paul Knitter

III Barth and Islam

5 Analogies across Faiths: Barth and Ghazali on Speaking after Revelation | 115
Joshua Ralston

6 Karl Barth and Parousia in Comparative Messianism | 137
Kurt Anders Richardson

Response to Part III | 155
Mun‘im Sirry

IV Barth and Hinduism

7 God as Subject and Never Object to Us: Reading Kena Upaniṣad with Karl Barth and Śaṅkara | 163
Marc A. Pugliese

8 “Do Not Grieve”: Reconciliation in Barth and Vedanta Desika | 184
John N. Sheveland

Response to Part IV | 203
Anantanand Rambachan

V Barth and African Traditional Religions

9 Speaking about the Unspeakable: Conversing with Barth and Ejizu on Mediated Divine Action | 211
Victor I. Ezigbo

10 Humanity and Destiny: A Theological Comparison of Karl Barth and African Traditional Religions | 228
Tim Hartman

Response to Part V | 249
Nimi Wariboko

Conclusion: Barth’s Dreams: Religions as Scandal and Parable | 257
S. Mark Heim

Acknowledgments | 265

List of Contributors | 267

Martha L. Moore-Keish (Edited By)
Martha L. Moore-Keish is the J. B. Green Associate Professor of Theology at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia.
Christian T. Collins Winn (Edited By)
Christian T. Collins Winn is Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Bethel University