Questions for Barth on Scripture
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.
Barth seems to want to have his cake and eat it too. On the one hand, he seems to want to affirm Liberal scholarship. On the other, he wishes to affirm Evangelical faith and piety. But these two are as incompatible as fire and water. Here are some questions I would like to ask my Barthian professor Dave Guretzki when I get the chance. I think they get to the bottom of the issues surrounding Barthian Hermeneutics:
1) Is Israelite religion part of the upwards-questing march of human ingenuity and evolution, or is it a product of God’s revelation of Himself?
2) Are Scriptures:
a. Records of real events, where God interacted with humanity and revealed
b. Merely stories invented by humans, meant to convey information about a
God they had some personal/internal relationship with?
i) If these myths are in some way inspired, are they not a product of
3) How are the Old Testament prophecies (fulfilled in the NT) explained?
a. Is it fluke?
b. Did New Testament writers forge the supposed “fulfillment”?
c. Did God reveal the future in the OT, then fulfill it in the NT?
i) If so, why did He do so imperfectly? (since Barth does not affirm inerrancy)