Dr. Kimlyn Bender’s “Confessing Christ for Church and World” is a preeminent discussion and collection of essays from one of America’s top Barthian scholars. I say this not only because I have had him personally as a professor, but also because he is a pastor-scholar whose personal interest it is to see students grasp the theology of Karl Barth. This is truly a magnificent book, one that I assure you will not regret adding to your library.
My favorite chapters come from the second part of the book which discusses Scripture and Canon, Christ and Canon, and Canon as a theological category all in Karl Barth’s theology. These three chapters were the focus of a paper he asked the class to write, thus providing the class an opportunity to engage deeply with his material. He is an exceptional writer, one that I think all seminary students should read.
Once more, you will not regret purchasing this book. Karl Barth is not only for Barth scholars. In fact, Bender writes in such a manner that allows laypersons in the church, lifelong students of theology, and seasoned pastors to grasp the depth that is Barth’s theology.
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