We have long passed any sense of searching for truth… or wanting it… in our American culture. We have moved to echo chambers and ideologies. Purity of “doctrine” isn’t something for the Church any more. It’s a new fundamentalism on the left and the right and it’s not just in churches. It’s in the politicalContinue reading “It’s not about truth anymore”
Seems to be a new backlash about NOT reading Barth. Brian LePort gives a good post linking the recent rantings. A few years ago Barth was back in, mainly, I think, because Christian Books was selling Dogmatics for $99. I snatched that up myself. I think I’ve made it all the way to the… thirdContinue reading “So you don’t like Barth… How about Bloesch?”
I am picking up Barth again, slogging through the second volume (which is actually 1.2). The power of the Word and the Scriptures is key for Barth. The section I am currently working through is incredibly exciting. (No, really. It is.) The Church is not merely a human institution. This is not “a human polity,Continue reading “The Power of the Word and the Scriptures”
“From a human standpoint the preservation of the Church depends, therefore, on the fact that Scripture is read, assimilated, expounded and applied in the Church, that this happens tirelessly and repeatedly, that the whole way of the Church consists in its striving to hear this concrete witness.” (Karl Barth)
As I continue to wonder if I’m reading Barth correctly, I am struck by his trust of the Church. He is Reformed, so the authority of the Church is not as encompassing as the Catholic view. Still, he believes in the authority of the Church. Church authority is spiritual authority: in all its forms itContinue reading “Barth and Church Authority”
“All the Church need do is just this: After any exegesis propounded in it, even the very best, t has to realise afresh the distinction between text and commentary and to let the text speak again without let or hindrance…” (Barth) Every once in awhile I actually get something like this and it refreshes meContinue reading “The Word of God Written”
Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics is on it’s way! I can’t even believe it! Something I have wanted to study for years, now affordable. WOW!
As long as we have our wishes, I notice that CBD is running a HUGE special on Hendrickson’s new release on Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics. So, if you want to look ahead for me for an early anniversary present, Christmas, birthday, etc., I take checks. 🙂