Dialectic in Karl Barth's Doctrine of God

by Terry Cross (Author)
Monographs XIII, 232 Pages
Series: Issues in Systematic Theology, Volume 7


Early in his theological development, the Swiss theologian, Karl Barth, used a philosophical method called dialectic to organize his theological framework. In recent years, rather intense discussion has arisen over the source of Barth's dialectic and whether it remained in effect during the later period of the writing of Church Dogmatics or it diminished in importance under the new rubric of analogy. Terry L. Cross examines the sources of Barth's dialectic and investigates how it continues to operate alongside analogy within Barth's doctrine of God in Church Dogmatics. The conclusion is that Barth's doctrine of God will not work without his special dialectic and analogy – a dialectica fidei as well as an analogia fidei.


XIII, 232
ISBN (Hardcover)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2001. XIII, 232 pp.

Biographical notes

Terry Cross (Author)

The Author: Terry L. Cross, Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy and Associate Dean of the School of Religion at Lee University (Tennessee), received his Ph.D. in systematic theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has published articles relating to the theology of Karl Barth, Clark Pinnock, and Pentecostalism. Recently, he co-edited The Spirit and the Mind: Essays in Informed Pentecostalism and is currently writing a book on ecclesiology.


Title: Dialectic in Karl Barth's Doctrine of God