Humanity Ready for God

Karl Barth claims that God is ready to be known by people, and hence actually knowable by people. In §26 of the Church Dogmatics, he approaches this from two different angles. First, as we discussed previously (here and here), Barth draws us back to revelation, claiming that God is only known as God has revealed […]

Two Down, or…

Karl Barth, The Man-Crush Resumes. In the final section of Doctrine of the Word of God, Barth touches on two dynamics of his work that make my heart sing, and clarifies one of the recurring challenges I’ve had (including from part one of this section). First, Barth here talks about the dogmatic method as deriving […]

Norming Theology

Yes, I’m a week behind in the Barth reading, but come on–only 40 pages left and we’re done for the year! Today we get to digest Barth’s section entitled, “The Dogmatic Norm” (§23.2). How is Dogmatics “normed,” how is it judged, what is its basis? 1. Scripture. 2. Confession. 3. Current-Day Church. This chapter contains […]