How can “the kingdom” the open to children if even mostlay-people are unable to engage in the costly art of “dogmatics,” those whodoengaged can do so only by reading all of Barth, and even Barth was only provisionally successful at finding any real information about God, his requirements of humanity, the mechanisms of salvation, and our eternal destiny!
It would be disingenuous to say that I am untouched by Barth. Directly and indirectly, I have basked in the glow of his raging intellect. I am tanned from his radiation. Whether or not I have become or will become similarly irradiated, however, is the question under consideration.
The mental strain was becoming unbearable. My head began to pound terribly, I felt what little food I had eaten begin to churn and tie my stomach in knots. Determined to get my money's worth, I resolutely soldiered on, but finally had to call it quits: I set up my computer to record the rest of the lecture and wimpered off to bed.
Well, it is finally here! After pestering my teacher twice (see here and here), Dave Guretzki (see blog, or facebook) has finally offered to teach a class specifically on the theology of Karl Barth. That I am excited about this class is an undstatement of epic proportions.
Before class, Dave Guretzki (facebook, blog) asked us to prepare a few questions, to guide our class-discussions. I think I went a little over-board. I created and e-mailed the following questions to him. I also printed these questions and - although we did not have time to cover all of them - I jotted down the answers which I believe are appropriate under most of them. I will answer my own questions in an upcoming series of posts entitled, "Some questions for Barth"
It has been said that "it is almost always better to read Karl Barth than to read about him. He has a wonderful way of dispelling any caricatures that may have arisen at second hand." (George Hunsinger, foreword in God Here and Now, vii). If this is true, I can give you no better gift than some words from Barth himself, so that you can make up your own mind on the man.
Ezekiel 3:7-9, "Surely the whole house of Israel is stubborn and obstinate. Behold, I have made your face as hard as their faces and your forehead as hard as their foreheads. Like emery harder than flint I have made your forehead. Do not be afraid of them or be dismayed before them, though they are a rebellious house...