Karl Barth’s Concept of Nothingness
A Critical Evaluation
Table Of Contents
- About the author
- About the book
- This eBook can be cited
- Introduction: Theodicy and Its Importance for Today’s Christian Witness
- Why Study Evil
- Leibniz and Constructing Theodicies
- The Apparent Absence of a Full Theodicy in the Bible
- The Possibility of Theodicy
- The Necessity of Theodicy
- Karl Barth
- Chapter 1 A Historical Investigation into Theodicies
- Organizing the Material and the Augustinian/Irenaean Typology
- First Term Theodicies
- Second Term Theodicies
- Chapter 2 Nothingness in Dialogue
- Understanding Barth’s View of Evil
- Church Dogmatics 3.3 Paragraph 50 Nothingness
- Church Dogmatics 3.1 Paragraph 42 Creation and Chaos
- Church Dogmatics 4.1 Paragraph 60 Sin
- Barth, Augustine, and Calvin
- John Hick and Karl Barth
- Hick and the Purpose of Suffering
- The Purpose of Suffering in Barth
- The Demonic in Hick and Barth
- In Summation
- Chapter 3 Shadowy Vestiges or Absolute Nothingness?
- To See Shadows
- Barth’s Shadow Side of Creation
- Barth’s Use of Job
- David Bentley Hart
- The Grandeur of God and the Absolute Nothingness of Evil
- The Inability to See God’s Purposes
- The World as Fallen
- The Rejection of the Question
- The Only Acceptable Statement of the Problem of Evil: Dostoevsky
- The Commonality Between Barth and Hart
- Is Theodicy Possible
- Chapter 4 Why Barth is Insufficient
- A Broader Outlook
- Barth’s Weaknesses
- How to Proceed
- Five Thesis
- Appendix: Manifesto of the 93 German Intellectuals
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About the author
Layne Wallace is the Senior Pastor of Rosemary Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. He earned his M. Div. from Campbell University, his D. Min. from Truett Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. from B. H. Carroll Theological Institute. He has authored several articles on biblical interpretation and congregational life.
About the book
Karl Barth’s Concept of Nothingness: A Critical Evaluation is an examination of Barth’s discussion of the problem of evil in the Church Dogmatics. It provides a thorough exegesis of Barth’s thinking on the origin of evil and the nature of the “shadow side” of creation in dialogue with John Hick and David Bentley Hart. The book’s primary focus is in demonstrating the logical difficulties in Barth’s thinking on the problem of evil. Further, it proposes a way forward that is beneficial to the pastor and provides hope and comfort to those in the midst of suffering and evil.
“Theological students with a passing acquaintance with Barth likely know he had little use for the enterprise of apologetics, and to the extent that they associate theodicy with apologetics, they may likewise assume that Barth does not offer a substantial treatment of the problem of evil. Wallace contends that while evil was indeed a significant locus in Barth’s theology, it was inadequately developed. This book gestures toward a more robust theology of evil by bringing Barth’s thought into dialogue with other proposals that lead Wallace to offer pastorally oriented correctives to these shortcomings.”
—Steven R. Harmon, Professor of Historical Theology,
Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity
This eBook can be cited
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Introduction: Theodicy and Its Importance for Today’s Christian Witness
Leibniz and Constructing Theodicies
The Apparent Absence of a Full Theodicy in the Bible
Chapter 1 A Historical Investigation into Theodicies
Organizing the Material and the Augustinian/Irenaean Typology
Chapter 2 Nothingness in Dialogue
Understanding Barth’s View of Evil
Church Dogmatics 3.3 Paragraph 50 Nothingness
Church Dogmatics 3.1 Paragraph 42 Creation and Chaos
Church Dogmatics 4.1 Paragraph 60 Sin
Hick and the Purpose of Suffering
The Purpose of Suffering in Barth
Chapter 3 Shadowy Vestiges or Absolute Nothingness?
Barth’s Shadow Side of Creation
The Grandeur of God and the Absolute Nothingness of Evil
The Inability to See God’s Purposes
The Only Acceptable Statement of the Problem of Evil: Dostoevsky
The Commonality Between Barth and Hart
Chapter 4 Why Barth is Insufficient
Appendix: Manifesto of the 93 German Intellectuals
The decision to study the problem of evil was born out of personal pain. After the loss of my sister Jenni to complications from cancer treatments, I had many questions about God and God’s goodness. It was navigating through the problem of evil and thinking through the goodness of God that I found peace.
To all of those who suffer, to all of those who have buried a child, to all of those whose prayers for healing have not been answered, to all of those who carry the sorrow of an evil suffered, to all who wonder about the goodness of God in light of human experience, I hope that you find the peace of God. I trust that the God of all comfort will remind you of the hope of the Gospel.
All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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- New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Oxford, Wien, 2020. X, 218 pp.