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Into the Far Country: Karl Barth and the Modern Subject

Kirkland, Scott A. (2016) Into the Far Country: Karl Barth and the Modern Subject. Fortress Press, Mineappolis, MI. 268pp. ISBN 978-1-5064-0137-9

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Into the Far Country is an investigation of Karl Barth's response to modernity as seen through the prism of the subject under judgment. By suggesting that Barth offers a form of theological resistance to the Enlightenment's construal of human subjectivity as "absolute," this piece offers a way of talking about the formation of human persons as the process of being kenotically laid bare before the cross and resurrection of Christ. It does so by reevaluating the relationship between Barth and modernity, making the case that Barth understands Protestantism to have become the agent of its own demise by capitulating to modernity’s insistence on the axiomatic priority of the isolated Cartesian ego.

Conversations are hosted with figures including Fyodor Dostoevsky, Rowan Williams, Gillian Rose and Donald MacKinnon in the service of elucidating an account of the human person liberated from captivity to what Barth names "self-judgment," and freed for creative participation in the super-abundant source of life that is the prayerful movement from the Son to the Father in the Spirit. Therefore, an account of Barth's theology is offered that is deeply concerned with the triune God's revelatory presence as that which drives the community into the crucible of difficulty that is the life of kenotic dispossession.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Proofs
Keywords: Karl Barth, Immanuel Kant, Donald M. MacKinnon, Rowan Williams, Gillian Rose, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Modernity, Subjectivity, Christology
Fields of Research: 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220304 Epistemology
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Philosophy
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Dr Scott Kirkland
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2016 03:39
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2016 03:39
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2108

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