Karl Barth's Anthropology in Light of Modern Thought

Karl Barth's Anthropology in Light of Modern Thought

Karl Barth's Anthropology in Light of Modern Thought

Karl Barth's Anthropology in Light of Modern Thought


This engaging book explores Karl Barth's view of human beings, finding in the thought of this monumental Christian thinker new possibilities for dialogue between religion and modern science.

Covering all of Barth's writings, Daniel Price clearly pieces together Barth's anthropology, showing that Barth based his view of persons on his understanding of the Trinity. Rather than stressing bodily and soulish substances or innately endowed faculties, Barth emphasized that people are composed of certain vital relations -- to God, to self, and to others. With Barth's theology firmly in hand, Price argues that Barth's dynamic anthropology bears certain intriguing analogies to modern object relations psychology. Price uses these analogies in turn to demonstrate that Barth's theology is not alien or hostile to modern science, as many people suppose; instead, his thought actually opens up the potential for increased dialogue between theology and the human sciences.

This volume will be of value to anyone interested in Barth's thought, Christian anthropology, or the relation of science and faith.


Why do human beings learn so much, so soon, about technology, and
so little, so late, about loving one another?

Henri nouwen

The Dilemma of Modern Humanity

The psalmist, in one of the better-known statements of Scripture, asks:

When I look at thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the
stars, which thou hast established; what is man that thou art mindful of
him, and the son of man that thou dost care for him? (Psalm 8:4)

This was written nearly three thousand years ago. While few of us would deny that we have made progress in understanding the work of God’s “fingers,” the material universe in which we have been placed, equally few would stand firm in the assertion that we are nearer to finding an answer to the psalmist’s question, “what is man?” than at the time it was written. the frantic accumulation of scientific knowledge increasingly dominates the modern world in which we live. Yet because of the heightened liabilities that this new technical knowledge entails, scientists, philosophers, and theologians of many persuasions

1. All Scriptural quotations are taken from the Revised Standard Version unless otherwise indicated.

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