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By Tracey Mark Stout

A Fellowship of Baptism is a serious rereading of Karl Barth's ecclesiology, arguing that interpreting his ecclesiology in the course of the lens of his mature view of baptism most sensible permits one to appreciate Barth's view of the church. Barth's insistence on believer's baptism is hooked up to the free-church ecclesiology he develops within the Church Dogmatics. The church, for Barth, is a collected, concrete group shaped through the Holy Spirit. the results of believer's baptism will be a group that's unfastened from cultural and political regulate in order that it will probably serve the area and witness to it. whilst, questions are raised approximately Barth's rejection of the sacramental nature of baptism and the consequences this has for ecclesiology. The strengths of believer's baptism and the weak point of his non-sacramental view are either obvious in his writings at the church and are introduced into dialog with each other. interpreting Barth's ecclesiology and doctrine of baptism jointly is helping to teach the interdependence of baptism and ecclesiology in Barth in addition to in all church instructing and practice.

"Considering Barth's view of Baptism, Tracey Stout helpfully demonstrates how and why Baptism, Ecclesiology, Christology, Pneumatology, and Ethics are all in detail attached. Stout judiciously continues that, regardless of Barth's later tendency to split the church's sacramental activities from the motion of the Holy Spirit, we will be able to nonetheless examine from Barth how and why you will need to take into account that divine motion allows loose human motion and hence encourages Christians to advance a suitable Ecclesiology, Ethics, and Political Theology. This e-book serves its topic good and merits to be commonly read."
--Paul D. Molnar
Professor of Systematic Theology
St. John's college, New York

"Even the main lively of Karl Barth lovers usually stay at a loss for words at his past due flip pertaining to baptism, as he rejected child baptism in prefer of believers' baptism. during this masterly research of Barth on baptism, Tracey Stout demonstrates that Barth's drastic shift was once no longer made against Christian sacramentalism quite a bit as for the sake of Christian freedom, such a lot in particular for the freedom of the church. For Barth, it's only while the whole physique of Christ makes its intentional witness to the realm that it will probably turn into God's actually confessional group. Stout's therapy of this important topic will hence garner the curiosity of scholars and professors, of pastors and laypeople alike."
--Ralph C. Wood
University Professor of Theology and Literature
Baylor University

Tracey Mark Stout is affiliate Professor of Christian reviews at Bluefield university in Bluefield, Virginia.

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