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So, I decided here to read his brief theology here. Im glad I did. It was difficult to get through at times, but worth it. Unexpectedly biblical, God-honoring, Christ-centered, and even theologically conservative. I say surprisingly and unexpectedly above because Barth is usually known for his Neo-orthodox views, and Ive heard many inside the Reformed camp which I happily settle in rightly critique this. So, I always thought Barth was quite liberal in his theology. But this is quiet from the case.
Anyone who might think that is the case, I encourage you to read this book. This man cares about the gospel of Christ, and even is defending it throughout in a conservative way. Moreover, at least in his work, none of his subversive Neo-orthodox views arose. Lewis with his ability to creatively think, apply, and wonder although to be clear Lewis, in my opinion, is much cleverer. And I really appreciate it. I wish he emphasized somethings more than he did, and thought he went off tangents at times.
But overall, a good concise theology. He takes the Creed phrase by phrase and explains it—again, in his Lewis-like creative way.
And what interests me is not myself with my faith, but He in whom I believe. And then I learn that by thinking of Him and looking to Him, my interests are also best provided for. We would rather to live by grace. Something within us energetically rebels against it. We do not wish to receive graces t best we prefer to give ourselves grace.
Bu then our talk is of Him and we speak of Him as a familiar entity, who is more familiar and real than any other reality and who is nearer to us than we are to ourselves, it is not because there may have been particularly pious people who were successful in investigating this Being, but because He who was hidden from us has disclosed Himself..
He whose nature and essence consit, whose existence is proved, in His descending into the depths, He the Merciful, who gives Himself up for His creature to the utter depths of the existence of His creature—He is God in the highest. Not inspire of this, not in remarkable paradoxical opposition, bu the highness of God consists in His thus descending. This is His exalted nature, this His free love. Anyone who wants to look up to some other height has not understood the utter otherness in God, he would still be in the tracks of the heathen, who look for God in an endlessness.
He is utterly other than we think our gods. It points man to his limitations: there you may hold out. You can be a revolutionary, but you can also be a conservative. Where this contrast between revolutionary and conservative is united in one man, where may be at once quite restless and quite at rest, where he may be with other in that way in the congregation, in which the members recognize each other in longing and in humility in the light of the divine humor, he will do what he has to do.
In this light all our Church action is allowed and in fact commended. So the Church, waiting and hurrying, goes to meet the coming of the Lord. But here in the congregation it is recognize, it is seen and experienced, what Christ is for man, for all men, in order hat witness may be borne from here.
Barth recovered the centrality of the doctrine of the Trinity within the dynamic and rational structure of Christian dogmatics; of particular importance was his reappropriation of the Christology of the ancient church. His vigorous opposition to German National Socialism led to his suspension as professor of theology at the University of Bonn. Subsequently, at Basel, he continued work on his monumental Church Dogmatics completing four volumes and delivered more than sermons. After serving a curacy in Geneva from to , he was appointed to the working-class parish of Safenwil, in Aargau canton.
The material published as the Church Dogmatics was originally delivered in lecture format to students at Bonn and then Basel — , with his final incomplete volume IV. In this volume he discusses the purpose and goal of the series, and the form, nature, and know-ability of the revelation. Inside, Barth discusses predestination, its human response, and the ontological foundations thereof. He discusses such things as humanity as the covenant-partner of God, the semi-autonomous being, and the still-dependent being.
Dogmatics in Outline
Church Dogmatics runs to over six million words and 9, pages — one of the longest works of systematic theology ever written. In the context of the developing Cold War , that controversial statement was rejected by anti-Communists in the West who supported the CDU course of re-militarization, as well as by East German dissidents who believed that it did not sufficiently depict the dangers of Communism. Karl Barth in Barth wrote a article for The Christian Century regarding the "East-West question" in which he denied any inclination toward Eastern communism and stated he did not wish to live under Communism or wish anyone to be forced to do so; he acknowledged a fundamental disagreement with most of those around him, writing: "I do not comprehend how either politics or Christianity require [sic] or even permit such a disinclination to lead to the conclusions which the West has drawn with increasing sharpness in the past 15 years. I regard anticommunism as a matter of principle an evil even greater than communism itself.