Jonathan Edwards and Karl Barth are widely considered to be the greatest North American and Swiss theologians, respectively. Though situated in vastly different contexts and separated by nearly two hundred years, they shared intriguing similarities. Both employed exegesis, theology, and philosophy with ease. Both reasoned with unique quality, depth, and timelessness. Both resisted liberal shifts of their day while remaining creative thinkers. And both were Reformed without uncritically assuming the tradition.
Edited by Uche Anizor and Kyle C. Strobel, Reformed Dogmatics in Dialogue engages Edwards and Barth for constructive dogmatics. Each chapter brings these theologians into conversation on classic theological categories, such as the doctrine of God, atonement, and ecclesiology, as well as topics of particular interest to both, such as aesthetics and philosophy. As with all great theologians, Edwards and Barth continue to illuminate. Readers will appreciate their rigor of thought and devotion to Christ.
This stellar lineup shines a spotlight on intriguing connections between these influential modern theologians. As appropriating their thought becomes increasingly complicated, this set of essays can be a fresh catalyst for engaging their dogmatic contributions.
–Daniel J. Treier, Knoedler Professor of Theology, Wheaton College
Edwards and Barth are creative thinkers wrestling with Scripture and a common Reformed heritage, asking all the big questions. In so doing, both present a fresh approach to Christian doctrine under the conditions of varied modernities. The contributors to this volume help bring out their distinctive approaches as well as some noteworthy convergences along the way. Anizor and Strobel organize a productive dialogue.
–Michael Allen, John Dyer Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary
Students of Reformed theology will learn much from this rich and wide-ranging exploration of the theologies of Jonathan Edwards and Karl Barth. The answers we ourselves give to the question of what it means to undertake Reformed theology today will certainly have both their quality and responsibility heightened by insights won from study of these ‘two eclectic and profound minds in conversation.’
–Philip G. Ziegler, professor of Christian dogmatics, University of Aberdeen
One way to illuminate the work of great theologians is to compare them with one another. The scholars who contributed to this volume handle this comparison deftly, and the result is a volume that sparkles with insight.
–Keith Johnson, professor of theology, Wheaton College
Studies in Historical and Systematic Theology is a peer-reviewed series of contemporary monographs exploring key figures, themes, and issues in historical and systematic theology from an evangelical perspective.
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Uche Anizor is associate professor of theology at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and author of Trinity and Humanity: An Introduction to the Theology of Colin Gunton.
Kyle C. Strobel is associate professor of spiritual theology at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and author of several books on Jonathan Edwards, including Jonathan Edwards’s Theology: A Reinterpretation.