This compelling book explores Karl Barth's view of human beings, finding in the thought of this monumental Christian thinker new possibilities for dialogue between religion and modern science. Covering all of Barth's writings, Daniel Price clearly pieces together Barth's anthropology, showing that Barth's view of persons is built on his understanding of the Trinity. Rather than stressing bodily and soulish substances or innately endowed faculties, Barth emphasized that people are composed of vital relations--to God, to self, and to others. With Barth's theology firmly in hand, Price builds a case for the position that Barth's dynamic anthropology bears certain intriguing analogies to modern object relations psychology. These analogies show that instead of seeing Barth's theology as alien to scientific perspectives, his work actually opens up the possibility of increased dialogue between Christian thought and branches of the human sciences. Of value to anyone interested in Barth or the intersection of religion and science, this unique book will renew discussion of the twentieth century's most influential Christian thinker.
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