A Little Bit of Theological Nerdery

Over the course the J-term I’ve been diving into some Karl Barth. Faced with the decision of 14 volumes of his Church Dogmatics or 220 pages of “Dogmatics in Outline”, I (wisely) opted for the latter. Just wanted to drop a few quotes by.

From Karl Barth’s Dogmatics in Outline

On God, the Creator:

“Creation is grace: a statement at which we should like best to pause in reverence, fear and gratitude. God does not grudge the existence of the reality distinct from Himself; He does not grudge it its own reality, nature and freedom.”

On the idea of Hell:

“Should the teaching about hell be a part of the proclamation of the gospel? No, no, no! The proclamation of the gospel means, rather, the proclamation that Christ has defeated hell, that Christ suffered hell in our place, and that it has allowed for us to live with Christ and so to have hell behind us”

On the inability to describe the divine:

“We must be clear that whatever we say of God in such human concepts can never be more than an indication of Him; no such concept can really conceive the nature of God. God is inconceivable.” (Not exactly unlike the main theses of How (Not) to Speak of God by Peter Rollins)

Just had those gems on the tip of my fingers and wanted to share them. Much better than sifting through the 14 volumes… although I’m sure that’ll happen at some point. That’s all for the theological nerdery for today. I’m sure there will be more later.


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