The study of Karl Barth has generally been excluded from religious studies departments in favour of more liberal theologians such as Tillich. For many years, scholar Garrett Green has argued that there is no justification for this neglect. To support his theory that Barth can and should be studied as a religious theorist rather than just a theologian, Garrett Green presents a brand new translation of Chapter 17 of Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics prefaced by a detailed introduction to the text. This important new translation counters the idea that Barth rejected the notion of religion out of hand by correcting a number of errors in the original version that obscure Barth's central argument. In particular the crucial word, Aufhebung, in the title is translated here as sublimation rather than abolition. The translation will do better justice to the German original and will be more accessible to contemporary readers. Unlike the original version, all Greek, Latin and Hebrew citations are translated into English, and the NRSV is used for the Bible quotes rather than the King James.
The translation is accompanied by a text by Garrett Green introducing the scholar and student to Barth as a religious theorist. The book concludes with appendices containing teaching materials and a summary of developed by the author in the classroom over years.
Table of Contents
Preface & Acknowledgments- Garrett Green; Introduction: Karl Barth as Theorist of Religion- Garrett Green God's Revelation as the Sublimation of Religion- Karl Barth; a)The Problem of Religion in Theology; b)Religion as Faithlessness; c)True Religion; Appendix I: On Translating Barth-Garrett Green; Appendix II: Materials for Teaching Barth on Religion- Garrett Green; Select Bibliography- Garrett Green.
Garrett Green is the Class of 1943 Professor of Religious Studies, Connecticut College, USA and the author of Theology, Hermeneutics, and Imagination: The Crisis of Interpretation at the End of Modernity (Cambridge University Press 2000).