Here's a blast from the past: my intervew with Dr Travis McMaken from October, 2014 Richard: Good evening, Dr McMaken, and welcome to Karl Barth for Dummies. Travis: Glad to be here! You can call me Travis - takes less typing. 🙂 Richard: Thanks, Travis. Tell us a bit about yourself, your family, your current home and … Continue reading Interview with Dr Travis McMaken
(WARNING! This article is a work of fiction. It contains high levels of satire. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely humorous. Individuals are strongly advised to engage their sense of humor before reading. May also contain traces of nuts.) World-wide commemorations of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation next October may have … Continue reading Reformation 500
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Amid rising controversy, one church leader has come out in support of the Christian satirical blog "The Babylon Bee." (For the Babylon Bee click here.) The "Bee", as it is affectionately known, is often criticized for picking on soft targets, creating strawmen, and displaying a conservative Evangelical bias. Seeker-sensitive pastor, Shepherd Joe Burns, for example, complained recently: … Continue reading Babylon Bee – a Force for Good not Evil
Listen to some people today and you get the impression that the only heresy left is believing in heresy. This is the influence of postmodernism, which questions the existence of absolute truth and often leads to epistemological and moral relativism. I know that this is true, because I looked it up on Wikipedia. So many … Continue reading Heresy?
Karl Barth for Dummies is not the Word of Barth. It is a translation of a translation, an interpretation of an interpretation. Barth has spoken, but in German, not in English. And many fine people have tried to translate him. You can read their books for yourselves. But our mission is different. We provide … Continue reading The Word of Barth
The following two paragraphs are quoted from an article Wolfhart Pannenberg wrote in Christian Century, March 11, 1981, pp. 260-263. In the article Pannenberg outlines his spiritual and theological journey in life, from a non-Christian home to the theological academy. Pannenberg makes a number of interesting observations and reveals some personal insights. In these two paragraphs, … Continue reading Pannenberg on Barth
The single most important experience occurred in early January 1945, when I was 16 years old. On a lonely two-hour walk home from my piano lesson, seeing an otherwise ordinary sunset, I was suddenly flooded by light and absorbed in a sea of light which, although it did not extinguish the humble awareness of my … Continue reading Pannenberg’s Epiphany