Either start with Christ and say something Christian, or else start with something else and wind up subsuming Christ into your idol. That’s the warning Barth levels as he begins his lengthy discourse on Jesus the God-Man (Church Dogmatics §1.14). Barth is defending his take on Christology in particular and the Christian narrative in general […]
The time of the resurrection arcs forward and embraces all subsequent time. The resurrection is the point in time at which God’s reconciling love for the world, in Christ, is revealed, put on full display. It is the time when the hidden of God’s revelation in the cross is unveiled for the apostles–so that they […]
Atonement is tricky. On Thursday I was wrestling with the giving of Jesus by the Father in comparison to the self-giving God of more developed Trinitarian thought. Part of the challenge is that the language and larger theological framework of God giving God’s beloved for the sake of the world is larger than just Jesus’ […]
This week we’ve wrestled with a number of challenging issues: how the Father’s relationship with Jesus is played out in the cross; how to read the OT if Jesus is, in fact, the Messiah. This is a perfect week to stumble upon §14.2 in Church Dogmatics, a section entitled, “The Time of Expectation.” The time […]
And by revelation here we’re not talking about the final book in the NT canon, but the larger idea of God’s revealing of Godself to humanity–what Barth summarizes as “Jesus Christ.” In this, the first of a three week excursion into §1.14 of the Church Dogmatics, Barth brings us back again to his central tenant […]
If you’ve been wanting to jump into the Karl Barth reading group, now is a great time. We’re taking this week off, and will resume next week with the first couple sections of §1.2 (see schedule here). Remember that the whole set is available for right at $100. Happy reading!
…or: 1 down, 14 to go! The final section of Barth’s Church Dogmatics §1.1 he unpacks the Spirit as the third mode of the divine being. The first part of this chapter about the Spirit bears some striking similarities to the first section on the eternal Son. In particular, Barth is concerned in both to […]
I love Jesus. I even love singing Holy, Holy, Holy on Trinity Sunday. And sometimes you’ll even catch me reflecting seriously on Colossians, and the Son’s involvement in creation–the preexistent One, through whom all things were made. And I’ll think it’s really, really cool. But the more I listen to theologians work out issues of […]
So if you started the year with every good intention of keeping up with the Church Dogmatics reading, but those good intentions have gone the way of good intentions, have I got a deal for you. Over the next two weeks, we will be finishing up §1.1, taking a week off, and then picking up […]
When we last left our heroes, they were in despair at the direction that Karl Barth’s discussion of the Triunity of God had taken. To be honest, I was afraid that the remainder of 1.1 was going to be sheer drudgery.