Thoughts on Reading Barth’s Church Dogmatics

Apologetics and Theology

I did it. I finally did it. I read the entire Church Dogmatics by Karl Barth. What’s the big deal? This is no simple systematic theology. It is the size of an encyclopedia set. And […]

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Karl Barth on Joy

Karl Barth

For man has joy when there is in his life great or small fulfilment of his conscious or unconscious desires, cravings and strivings, when an event or change occurs or a state is achieved which […]

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Do Guardian Angels Exist?

The idea of guardian angels is very popular in our culture. Some people are more likely to rely on their guardian angel than on God. But do guardian angels even exist? I have always been […]

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Karl Barth on Christian Prayer

Apologetics and Theology

It is unfortunate that Karl Barth is mostly read by only theologians. He has so much to teach the Church in practical ways. I appreciate his words on Christian prayer. Christian prayer means thanksgiving and […]

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Karl Barth on Christians and Death

Apologetics and Theology

How should Christians see death? Is death something to be feared? Should Christians look forward to death? In reflecting on these things, I really appreciate what Karl Barth has to say on this subject. The […]

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Karl Barth on the New Testament Hope

The New Testament presents a message of hope. But what is the content of that hope? I came across this summary of the New Testament hope by Karl Barth that I thought was very helpful. […]

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Jim West, Karl Barth and Apologetics

Recently, Jim West posted on his blog something about Barth on ‘Apologetics.’ The fact that West puts apologetics in quotes gives us an idea of what he (not just Barth) thinks about apologetics. In the post […]

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Karl Barth on Grace

Apologetics and Theology

When God loves, revealing His inmost being in the fact that He loves and therefore seeks and creates fellowship, this being and doing is divine and distinct from all other loving to the extent that […]

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Karl Barth on Heresy

Apologetics and Theology

The Christian heresies spring from the fact that man does not take seriously the known ground of divine immanence in Jesus Christ, so that from its revelation, instead of apprehending Jesus Christ and the totality […]

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Karl Barth on Proclamation

Leadership and Ministry

The news which the Church has to proclaim is that in virtue of what has happened in Jesus Christ man can now live with God in faith and love and hope, on the ground of […]

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Why We Defend the Bible

Much of my time is spent responding to various attacks on the Bible.  There is definitely no lack of attacks to respond to.  I am also someone who appreciates Karl Barth and Barth made this […]

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Charles MacKenzie on Karl Barth

Apologetics and Theology

I am a big fan of Karl Barth and enjoy reading his writings.  I came across two lectures by Charles MacKenzie from Reformed Theological Seminary, who knew Barth personally.  I appreciated what he had to […]

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Karl Barth on the Origin of Christianity

“In a secondary sense we can, of course, explain the necessity of the rise of Christianity in the light of Judaistic development and the political, spiritual and moral circumstances of the Mediterranean world in the […]

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Karl Barth on the Virgin Birth

Virgin Birth

The man Jesus of Nazareth is not the true Son of God because He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  On the contrary, because He is the true Son […]

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Karl Barth on Orthodoxy

Apologetics and Theology

The catastrophic crash of orthodoxy in the 18th century, the consequences of which we still have to carry to this day, is no more puzzling than the collapse of a house whose foundations are giving […]

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Barmen Declaration

The Barmen Declaration was a 1934 document, written by Karl Barth, “fortified by strong coffee and one or two Brazilian cigars,” as the Confessing Church broke away from the Nazi dominated church in Germany.  This […]

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