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Saving Karl Barth: Hans Urs von Balthasar's Preoccupation

Saving Karl Barth

Hans Urs von Balthasar's Preoccupation

D. Stephen Long (Author)


Challenging recent rejections of Hans Urs von Balthasar’s groundbreaking study of Karl Barth’s theology, Stephen Long argues that these interpreters are impatient with the nuances of Balthasar’s reading and fail to appreciate the longstanding theological friendship between the two. Long offers a substantial defense of Balthasar’s theological preoccupation with Barth’s thought and explores the friendship that developed between Balthasar and Barth. 
Re-evaluating Balthasar’s theological work on Barth, Saving Karl Barth provides a critical new reading of Balthasar’s original volume and a wider account of the systematic engagement Balthasar carried on throughout his career.

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  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781451470147
  • eBook ISBN 9781451479720
  • Pages 272
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Publication Date February 1, 2014


1. Saving Karl Barth: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Preoccupation
2. Presenting and Interpreting Karl Barth
3. Collapse of Balthasar’s Interpretation
4. The Realm of God
5. The Realm of Ethics
6. The Realm of the Church: Renewal and Unity


"What if you could audit a seminar on church and sacraments, co-taught by Karl Barth and Hans Urs von Balthasar? This is no dream; it actually happened. With skill and insight, D. Stephen Long takes us not just into the classroom but deep into the heart of this extraordinary ecumenical friendship, showing why it matters for Christians today. A major contribution."
—Joseph L. Mangina
University of Toronto