Covering Up Luther
How Barth’s Christology Challenged the Deus Absconditus that Haunts Modernity
Imprint: Cascade Books
"This book is a significant contribution to the lively conversation between Christian theology and postmodernity. Perhaps Brian's most trenchant insight is that Karl Barth's quarrel with Martin Luther in regards to the Deus absconditus parallels postmodernity's critique of typically modern conceptions of God, entertained by believers and non-believers alike. Thus, the greatest Protestant theologian of the twentieth century shows the path toward dialogue with the dominant cultural form of the twenty-first century. Brian's text is lively, provocative, well-written, and compellingly argued."
--Robert Barron, author of The Priority of Christ
"Rather than accepting well-worn interpretations of Barth (and Luther), Brian breaks fresh ground with a provocative--and for that reason all the more interesting--interpretation. Barth was not a dialectical theologian indebted to a Lutheran Deus absconditus. Instead, he was a theologian of the glorious paradox of the fullness of God present in Christ. . . . Brian's book marks an important contribution for a new direction in Barth studies."
--D. Stephen Long, author of Keeping Faith
"In this ecumenically important book, Brian argues that Karl Barth is best regarded as a transitional figure who crucially helped open up the current, post-Protestant era in theology by breaking with the tropes of nominalism and voluntarism, which had imprisoned the mainline Reformation and distorted their grasp of orthodox Christology. He makes a convincing case that requires to be taken seriously."
--John Milbank, author of Being Reconciled