Doxological Theology: Karl Barth on Divine Providence, Evil, and the Angels by Christopher Green
This book examines Karl Barth’s interaction with the Reformed theological tradition in CD III/3. Most especially, this study finds that Barth prays his way through the doctrine of divine providence and that he follows the Lord’s Prayer as a guide throughout his exposition. Time and again, Barth demonstrates a commitment to theology as prayer in CD III/3. In practice, this means that Barth understands the doctrine of providence to be very self-involving for the theologian. Theological students and teachers alike must pray their way through all of the challenging questions that arise whenever and wherever the question of providence is raised.
Barth’s way of doing theology-as-prayer in CD III/3 shows his affinity for the Reformed theological tradition. It is true that Barth frequently distances himself from his Protestant orthodox predecessors. However, he also understands his own view of providence as a positive reworking of the Reformed position, and this is especially true on account of his employment of a robust theology of prayer in his exposition. “Doxological Theology” investigates what it means for the theologian of divine providence to “hallow the name of God” in the very act of doing theology.
About the author: Christopher Green is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Education at Melbourne School of Theology.