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Category Archives: CD I/1

Church Dogmatics §2 Comments

§2.1 The Necessity of Dogmatic Prolegomena Summary: Prolegomena is the introductory part of theology that seeks to understand its particular way of knowledge. Prolegomena, thus, is our attempt to speak about how we go about knowing in theology. Why do we need prolegomena? Well, first of all it isn’t something simply forced on us by […]

Church Dogmatics §1 Comments

This is cross-posted from our ongoing reading/discussion blog, Reading through Church Dogmatics. I figure I’ll post my summary sections here the day after I post them on the reading group blog so I can index them as we go and maybe it’ll end up being a helpful resource for people interested in the Church Dogmatics. […]

This happened

Whatever else we may want to say about him, or his theology, I cannot doubt that the God Barth wrestled with was the living God of the Gospel: God was with us, with us His enemies, with us who were visited and smitten by His wrath. God was with us in all the reality and […]

Proclamation and Theology

Again from Barth: Like the subject-matter of Christianity, Church proclamation must also remain free in the last resort, free to receive the command which it must always receive afresh from the free life of the subject matter of Christianity. Church proclamation and not dogmatics is immediate to God in the Church. Proclamation is essential, dogmatics […]

The Constant Uneasiness of Theology

Barth’s ruminations on theological method are interesting on multiple levels, not the least of which is the way his thought bears on how we understand the relationship(s) between Christian theology and ideology (critique). The Church can neither question its proclamation absolutely nor correct it absolutely. It can only exert itself to see how far it […]

Serious Theology

Barth certainly can always boast of his energy. Even in the most technical sections of the Church Dogmatics (and CD I/1 is almost certainly that) there is nothing but pure energeticness when it comes to the material of theology: the proclamation of the gospel: Again, how disastrously the Church must misunderstand itself if it can […]

Barth on Preaching and the Sacraments

In distinguishing Evangelical dogmatics from liberal Protestantism on the one hand, and Roman Catholicism on the other, Barth spends a great deal of time focusing on the issue of proclamation and the role in plays in the life of the  church. Here seems to be one of the central points at which Barth’s ecclesiology differs […]

Barth on Heresy

In §2 of Cd I/1 Barth has a number of interesting reflections on the nature of heresy and its relationship to faith: By heresy we understand a form of Christian faith which we cannot deny to be a form of Christian faith from the formal standpoint, i.e., in so far as it, too, relates to […]

Dogmatics as Persistence

More from the early sections of CD I/1 on the nature of dogmatics according to Barth: “Dogmatics as an enquiry presupposes that they true content of Christian talk about God must be known by men. Christian speech must be tested by its conformity to Christ. This conformity is never clear and unambiguous. To the finally […]

Where God May Speak

And for the first quote from my brand new, and freaking awesome Barth set, I give you a quote from CD I/1 that, contrary to many of the “invention of the antichrist”-type caricatures of Barth, exhibits his quite robust theology of creation, culture, and revelation: “If the question [of] what God can do forces theology […]

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