Colin Gunton was world renowned as a scholar, systematic theologian and Reformed minister; however, he never lived to fulfill his ambition to write a book devoted solely to Barth. "Gunton on Barth" is an in-depth analysis, derived from the lecture course he gave most years at King's College London: something of an annual institution it was aimed at undergraduates, though the majority of those attending were MA/PhD students, and researchers from America and Germany! Approximately half of the work consists of quotations representing an essential understanding: Colin was a creative lecturer, although he worked from notes he gave space to the free rein of his mind particularly when fielding questions or trying to analyze a particular strand of Barth's thought. Colin's understanding and expertise was world renowned. He did not take all Barth wrote uncritically, he struggled and wrestled with this giant of twentieth-century theology: as he always said at the beginning of the course, "Not everyone buys into Barth...I don't, all the way along the line, as I get older I get more and more dissatisfied with the details of his working out of the faith...over the years I think I have developed a reasonable view of this great man who is thoroughly exciting and particularly, I can guarantee, if you do this course, that you will be a better theologian by the third year, whether or not you agree with him.
..he is a great man to learn to think theologically with."
Table of Contents
1. The intellectual background to Karl Barth; 2. Barth's development up to Romans; 3. The decade after Romans; 4. The basis, task and situation of theology; 5. Barth on the Trinity and the personal God; 6. The being of God as the one who loves in freedom; 7. Election according to Church Dogmatics 2/2; 8. Ethics Church Dogmatics Chapter VIII; 9. Barth and the knowledge of God; 10. Barth's doctrine of reconciliation in Church Dogmatics IV/1-2; 11. Church Dogmatics IV/1, 59.1 The way of the son into the far country; 12. Atonement as divine act; 13. Platonism and Exemplarism in Barth's Christology; 14. Christ the mediator in Karl Barth's theology. 15. Reconciliation and the believer; 16. Barth on creation.
Colin E. Gunton was Professor of Christian Doctrine, King's College, London, UK, and a Minister of the United Reformed Church.