A second, revised and expanded edition of Election Barth and the French Connection – How Pierre Maury gave a ‘Decisive Impetus’ to Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Election – will soon appear (Wipf & Stock, Pickwick Publications).

Karl Barth’s famous account of the doctrine of election in his mammoth Dogmatics has been described as the heart of his theology- a great hymn to the grace of God in Christ.

In this book you will discover the person who initially stimulated Barth’s mammoth reworking of the ‘classical’ view of the doctrine—Pastor/Theologian Pierre Maury – 1890-1956 – (their close friendship and especially a seminal paper Maury gave in 1936 entitled “Election and Faith” helped stimulate Barth’s reflection) as well as some never-before-translated works of Maury as well as a revision of a previously published piece on Predestination. In this revised & expanded second edition seven theologians reflect on their significance for us today from historical, textual, pastoral, and theological standpoints, and seek to draw conclusions for us in our contemporary setting.

What some are saying about the significance of this work:

It has been a delight to read, and equally, a joy to reflect on what is contained here. What Maury does so ably is to disempower and dismantle the idea of the absolute decree outside of, or apart from Christ.” The Reverend Dr John Rietveld, Reformed Minister & Director of Learning, Development and Coaching, Christian Coaching Institute, Australia.

This book will be a considerable service to those who find the work of Barth a source of endless inspiration and challenge. But it also puts before a wider theological public the opportunity for a second look at a doctrine far too readily consigned to the mistakes of Christian history.” Emeritus Professor, the Reverend Dr Christiaan Mostert, past President of the Melbourne College of Divinity.

From where did Karl Barth ever get the outrageous idea that predestination is the sum and essence of the Good News? One place is the work of the lesser-known French pastor-theologian Pierre Maury. This revised and expanded edition re-introduces readers of English to Maury’s fresh and stimulating thinking on this doctrine, and the accompanying essays helpfully locate the significance of such in Barth’s work, and invite fresh opportunities for doing theology after Barth.” The Reverend Dr Jason Goroncy, Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology, Whitley College, University of Divinity, Melbourne.

Karl Barth and Pierre Maury in 1936 for the front cover.

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