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Barth in Conversation with a JW

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. If you have an objection or answer to my thoughts here, I would be hugely grateful for your input!

Jehovah’s Witness: “What do you have to offer that the Church does not?”

Barthian: “I do not merely teach dead creedal orthodoxy. I strip down barriers and walls. For me, theology is fresh and alive, a living breathing object rather than dead orthodoxy.”

Jehovah’s Witness: “How so?”

Barthian: “I believe that theology is all about Jesus.”

Jehovah’s Witness: “I agree.”

Barthian: “I mean, the Jesus of the Bible.”

Jehovah’s Witness: “I agree.”

Barthian: “I mean, the Jesus of the Bible as interpreted by the historic creeds.”

Jehovah’s Witness: “Sounds like ‘dead, creedal orthodoxy’ to me!”

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