Karl Barth – God in the History of His Deeds, on mp3

29 04 2009

Karl Barth: Great Theologian:

“evangelical theology is concerned with Immanuel, ‘God with us’… a happy science!”

The much-loved, much-studied, and much-criticised theologian, Karl Barth is not with us, bodily, for he is now, with the Risen Lord Jesus.

Karl has departed from his participation in this world—where sin and death are present. But, if you are interested, you can still … ha! read his books (this post was originally about an MP3 lecture in English. But it is no longer at that URL.  I am sorry to say, I can’t direct you to listen to him.  Oh well. If anyone knows where it went, please let me know!)

I—did—love the accent … as he spoke in English!

So instead of listening to a quote, why not read a little of his writing…

“The truth of the knowledge that Christ in his revelation has the power of the Creator, depends upon it being the acknowledgment of a fact and  not an arbitrary combination. Where this power is experienced, there is literally nothing to combine, creation and revelation are not two truths to be held side by side, compared with each other and put into touch with each other, but the one reality of Jesus Christ, as the Revealer with the power of the Creator.  And in that case this power of the Creator cannot be thought of as one specially related and limited to revelation. Augustine, therefore is right when he lets even the angels, and Luther therefore, is right when he lets even the broody hen, be created  by the Word. ” (p. 511-512, CD, Volume 1. Part 1)



2 responses

17 09 2010
Ignostic Morgan

And what is the evidence for that? Unbelief can ever try to reason with belief, but some believers like Barth ever refuse to reason,preferring to dogmatize as he averred in stating that belief can only preach to unbelief, revealing faith, the we just say so of credulity, the begged question of its subject. As the eminent atheologian Sydney Hook notes, science is acquired knowledge whilst faith begs the question of being knowledge.
Reason removes mountains of ignorance whilst faith rests on the argument from ignorance!
God is in a worse position than the Scarecrow who had a body to which a mind could enter whilst He has neither. As that married bachelor He cannot exist. No wonder He is ineffable!

18 09 2010

Thanks for making a comment. Even so… it must be very frustrating, in life, being an atheist. Jesus put it so well, when he said:

25 At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him (Matthew 11:25-27).

So Karl Barth is correct. Even so, Jesus continued to hold out his invitation, to come to him in faith, and to have opened to you, the source of all rest, and the capacity to fully participate in life, aware of what it is all about.

Jesus invitation, is still open to you; but, haha, you’ll have to leave your atheism behind:

28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

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