of Karl Barth
The secondary literature
on Barth is vast. The following
titles are intended to help students who are beginning their study of Barth’s
Busch, E.; Karl
This huge work is considered the definitive biography
of Barth. It is highly recommended
and can be used as a reference tool for
all areas of Barth’s thought and the development thereof.
Parker, T.H.L.; Karl
This is a much smaller, more
manageable work for neophytes. It
acquaints the reader with an overview of
Barth’s life and work. Its brevity
does not sacrifice accuracy. (Parker
is also a superb Calvin scholar.)
Berkouwer, G.; The
Triumph of Grace in the Theology of Karl Barth
The book delivers what it promises: a critical
exposition of Barth in the light of Barth’s conviction concerning the triumph
of God’s grace.
Bromiley, G.; Introduction
to the Theology of Karl Barth
Bromiley’s work is everywhere lucid and accurate.
His book is the best guide to reading Barth in the order of the succeeding volumes of the
This book is highly recommended for those who are approaching CD for the first time.
Dorrien, G.; The Barthian Revolt in Modern
TheologyThis book unfolds the manner
in which Barth put 20th Century theology on a new course.
Hart, T.; Regarding Karl Barth: Toward a
Readindg of His TheologyThe fact that this book is
published by IVP indicates the recognition of IVP, together with that of
its supporters, Barth’s thought.
Hartwell, H.; The
Theology of Karl Barth
Hartwell’s book is one of the older discussions of
Barth’s theology. It treats Barth topically rather than in the order of CD.
It can always be relied on to provide a clear, succinct statement
of major aspects of Barth’s thought.
Hunsinger, G.; How to Read Karl BarthThis work acquaints readers
with the logic of Barth’s thought in the course of expounding Barth’s
approach to major doctrines.
McCormack, B.; Karl
Barth’s Critically Realistic Dialectical Theology
This book explores both the immediate antecedents to Barth’s theology and
unfolding of Barth’s “Copernican Revolution” in theology.
, T.; Karl Barth:
Biblical and Evangelical Theologian.
discusses several features of Barth’s thought from the perspective of
Barth’s faithfulness to the logic of the
, T.; Karl Barth: An Introduction to His
Early Thought: 1910-1931
This is a fine exploration
of the theo-logic of Barth’s move to a genuinely “scientific”
Von Balthasar, H.; The Theology of Karl
BarthVon Balthasar is a major Roman Catholic reader of Karl
Webster, J.; BarthWebster is undoubtedly one
of the finest Barth scholars in the English-speaking world.
His work provides a very readable introduction to Barth’s thought.
Webster, J. (ed.); The
Companion to Karl Barth
A compilation of essays on
assorted topics by assorted scholars, this book examines in greater
depth areas of Barth where his theology has proved unusually fruitful.