A Fellowship of Baptism
Karl Barth's Ecclesiology in Light of His Understanding of Baptism
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"Considering Barth's view of Baptism, Tracey Stout helpfully demonstrates how and why Baptism, Ecclesiology, Christology, Pneumatology, and Ethics are all intimately connected. Stout judiciously maintains that, despite Barth's later tendency to separate the church's sacramental actions from the action of the Holy Spirit, we can still learn from Barth how and why it is important to understand that divine action enables free human action and thus encourages Christians to develop an appropriate Ecclesiology, Ethics, and Political Theology. This book serves its subject well and deserves to be widely read."
--Paul D. Molnar
Professor of Systematic Theology
St. John's University, New York
"Even the most vigorous of Karl Barth enthusiasts often remain perplexed at his late turn concerning baptism, as he rejected infant baptism in favor of believers' baptism. In this masterly study of Barth on baptism, Tracey Stout demonstrates that Barth's drastic shift was not made in opposition to Christian sacramentalism so much as for the sake of Christian freedom, most especially for the liberty of the church. For Barth, it is only when the entire Body of Christ makes its intentional witness to the world that it can become God's truly confessional community. Stout's treatment of this crucial matter will thus garner the interest of students and professors, of pastors and laypeople alike."
--Ralph C. Wood
University Professor of Theology and Literature