The Church Dogmatics, Barth’s impressive set of books, his so-called “magnum opus”, starts in volume 1, part volume 1, page 3, with a discussion on the topic of theology. Its derivation from the Greek suggests the meaning “talk of God”. The theologian speaks the Word of God, from God, before God, and for God’s own … Continue reading The Task of Theology in Iambic Pentameter
A little old lady once asked Karl Barth, "Will I see my loved ones again in heaven?" He replied, "Not only those you love."
I once received what I thought was a compliment from a woman from my congregation. I had officiated at her daughter's wedding and at her father's funeral, and we were sitting together, preparing her mother's funeral. She said to me, "I thought you would have been a lecturer at a Bible college by now." … Continue reading Back-handed Compliment
We recently had a question on the Karl Barth Discussion Group: Can someone define what Barth means by the "analogia fidei?" Now although I am one of the administrators of the group, I am in no way one of the resident experts. But I had done some reading and thinking on this topic a few months … Continue reading The Analogy of Faith
Hello and welcome to Karl Barth for Dummies. My name is Richard Keith and my special guest today is Dr Marty Folsom. Marty is Adjunct Professor at Shiloh University, Executive Director (USA) at Pacific Association for Theological Studies, and a published author with Wipf and Stock Publishers. Richard Keith: It gives me great pleasure … Continue reading Interview with Marty Folsom
I found this quote from Bernard of Clairvaux while reading Calvin's Institutes today. It contains good advice. Sorrow for sins is necessary if it be not unremitting. I beg you to turn your steps back sometimes from troubled and anxious remembering of your ways, and to go forth to the tableland of serene remembrance of … Continue reading Good advice
Q: How many Barthians does it take to change a lightbulb? A: It is the nature of sin that man would rather sit in darkness than change his state of misery. Q: What do you mean? A: Before the bulb can be changed man must admit that it is high above him on the ceiling … Continue reading How many Barthians does it take to change a lightbulb?