Barth at the News-Stand
This is an excerpt from my journal, which I kept while studying for a class on Karl Barth. It does not represent my finished thoughts on Barth. Please read my later posts on Barthianism, and especially my paper “The Gospel According to Barth” for my finished thoughts on the topic.
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The image is this: a news-stand with various magazines, all portraying various messages:
Vanity Fair: “Red is in, Blue is out.”
Sports Illustrated: “Anorexic is in, Fleshy is out.”
Wheels: “Fuel-Efficient is in, Gas-Guzzling is out.”
Theology Today: “Barth is in, Calvinism is out.”
The collective message of all of the above (Theology definitely included) is that there seems to be a consensus of style, a heirarchy of opinion driving theology. Is Barth worthy of the attention he receives? Perhaps. Perhaps not. At any rate, it seems very difficult to question him, since “all the cool theologians” have read him and rave about him. It seems like it would be a long and difficult road to walk, to be a theologian who dislikes or refutes Barth.
Exactly how much of this “peer-reviewed” science is dominated by peer-pressure, do you think?