Karl Barth’s Revolutionary Doctrine of Election
REVIEW: Karl Barth: A Life in Conflict by Christiane Tietz
Book: Karl Barth: A Life in Conflict by Christiane Tietz Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2021. Overview: Tietz’s new biography of Karl Barth is a detailed and compelling portrait of a life in conflict. The book offers vital insight into the biographical setting […]
Why Read Karl Barth? Because “God” is a Cheerful Word!
I was thinking today about Karl Barth—since it’s his birthday (May 10)—and about why I think his theology is worth reading. I remembered a great phrase from Eberhard Jüngel, who said Barth’s theology proclaims that “God” is a cheerful word. […]
How to Read Karl Barth
Here I discuss how I recommend reading Karl Barth, including a guide to his “Church Dogmatics,” and a brief look at some of the secondary literature on him. Books by Barth: Dogmatics in Outline Evangelical Theology: An Introduction Church Dogmatics […]
Karl Barth in 5 Minutes
No one can learn Karl Barth in five minutes, of course. But here I aim to introduce you to what I think are a few of the central ideas in his theology.
Momento Mori, Momento Domini! Ash Wednesday Meditation (with a bit of help from Barth)
Momento mori: “Remember that you must die.” Today is Ash Wednesday: a day set aside in the Christian tradition to reflect on the inescapable reality of death. But it is also a day that looks ahead to Christ’s death for […]
Read Schleiermacher, for Barth’s Sake!
I am very pleased to announce that, after a year of intensive study, I have finished my new book, Schleiermacher in Plain English. I am extremely proud of this book. It challenged me more than anything else I’ve written, and […]
Barth in Conversation: Vol. 1 (Review)
Book: Barth in Conversation: Vol. 1, 1959-1962 ed. by Eberhard Busch [Amazon link] Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press [Publisher’s link] Overview: A straight-forward, engaging collection of conversations, Q&As, and interviews, Barth in Conversation was a joy to read. This text is essential for students of Barth’s theology, […]
“The Bible is not Sinless” – Karl Barth (Barth in Conversation)
Biblical inerrancy—the belief that Scripture is completely without error—has become a central belief of evangelicalism. I am a member of several Facebook groups, including those in the Calvinist/Reformed perspective, and I have seen time and time again when a theologian […]