GOD AFTER GOD by Robert W Jenson


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The God who came after God is, of course, the God of Barth. It was Barth's concern to present a God who could live on independently after the death of the religion of theologies, a God whom he found, not without a trace of irony, in a trinitarian deity. Professor Jenson's book is, essentially, a study of the development of Barth's in that respect. It examines the theologian's evaluation of the death-of-God phenomenon, particularly as manifested in his Commentary on the Romans, and sums up his revolt against the institutional theology of the traditional churches. Then it puts forth Barth's own answer to the failings of the old God and the old theology, his ""Doctrine of the Trinity"" and his famous distinction between time and eternity. In the final section Jenson attempts to discern the form in which Barth's God will survive into the future by analyzing actual and possible interpretations of the trinitarian God. A reduction of Barth, but only for the trained theologian who will find the book an excellent analysis of Protestantism's most eminent modern thinker.

Pub Date: June 1st, 1969
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill