By Tracey Mark Stout

A Fellowship of Baptism is a serious rereading of Karl Barth's ecclesiology, arguing that interpreting his ecclesiology during the lens of his mature view of baptism most sensible allows one to appreciate Barth's view of the church. Barth's insistence on believer's baptism is attached 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 keep watch over in order that it may serve the realm and witness to it. while, questions are raised approximately Barth's rejection of the sacramental nature of baptism and the results 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 educating 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 hooked up. 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 nonetheless examine from Barth how and why it is very important take into account that divine motion permits loose human motion and therefore encourages Christians to enhance a suitable Ecclesiology, Ethics, and Political Theology. This e-book serves its topic good and merits to be broadly read."
--Paul D. Molnar
Professor of Systematic Theology
St. John's collage, New York

"Even the main full of life of Karl Barth fanatics frequently stay confused at his past due flip touching on baptism, as he rejected baby baptism in want of believers' baptism. during this masterly learn of Barth on baptism, Tracey Stout demonstrates that Barth's drastic shift was once now not made towards Christian sacramentalism rather a lot as for the sake of Christian freedom, so much specially for the freedom of the church. For Barth, it is just while the full physique of Christ makes its intentional witness to the area that it might develop into God's really confessional neighborhood. Stout's remedy 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 experiences at Bluefield collage in Bluefield, Virginia.

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