The Affirmations of Reason

On Karl Barth’s Speculative Theology

Authors: Baark, Sigurd

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  • Offers a complete reinterpretation of Karl Barth's theology
  • Breathes new life into the tradition of "Speculative Theology" 
  • Presents theology as a thoroughly rational praxis, and engages current issues in epistemology
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This book examines the speculative core of Karl Barth’s theology, reconsidering the relationship between theory and practice in Barth’s thinking. A consequence of this reconsideration is the recognition that Barth’s own account of his theological development is largely correct. Sigurd Baark draws heavily on the philosophical tradition of German Idealism, arguing that an important part of what makes Barth a speculative theologian is the way his thinking is informed by the nexus of self-consciousness, reason and, freedom, which was most fully developed by Kant, Fichte, and Hegel. The book provides a new interpretation of Barth’s theology, and shows how a speculative understanding of theology is useful in today’s intellectual climate. 

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Sigurd Baark is an assistant pastor at the German Reformed Church of Copenhagen, as well as an associate research fellow at the Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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“Baark’s argument regarding speculative theology, and in particular the way that it critically departs from McCormack’s work, positions The Affirmations of Reason to be a helpful, if provocative, foundation for future scholarship to build upon. … There is a fascinating interplay of certainty and indubitability of God’s existence and character that is also radically non-totalizing. This certainly deserves further consideration, alongside the primary arguments Baark offers about Barth’s speculative theology.” (Michael Laminack, readingreligion.org, July, 2018)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Affirmations of Reason
Book Subtitle
On Karl Barth’s Speculative Theology
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-70793-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-70793-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-70792-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88991-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 291
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