Originally presented as lectures at the Reformed Fellowship at Calvin College, The Significance of Barth’s Theology provides a general overview of Karl Barth’s theology. Fred Klooster pays specific attention to the formulation and significance of Barth’s doctrine of predestination and reconciliation. As part of his research, Klooster spent a year studying with Karl Barth—an experience that allowed him to glean more insight into Barth’s thought and present his ideas accurately.
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“The occasional and reactionary character of Barth’s writing must always be recognized. He seeks constantly to overthrow the positions of his two great enemies, liberalism on the left and orthodoxy on the right.” (Pages 18–19)
“It came as a shock to him to learn that some of his esteemed teachers should endorse the German war aims, and he came to realize that a defective ethics must stem from an inadequate theology.” (Page 17)
“At the center of this system is Barth’s concept of Jesus Christ. The single source and norm of all Barth’s thought is his view of Jesus Christ, and from this source he draws all sorts of deductions for the whole of his system. The Scripture is simply the witness to that revelation, but the revelation itself is said to be Jesus Christ.” (Page 27)
“In spite of its appealing sound, the christological approach of Barth with respect to the doctrine of predestination is really a sort of natural theology based on Jesus Christ.10 Barth’s christological doctrine of predestination is in direct conflict with the very words of Scripture.” (Page 46)
“In its simplest and most comprehensive form the dogma of predestination consists, then, in the assertion that the divine predestination is the election of Jesus Christ’ (II/2, p. 103). In these words we have the heart of Barth’s doctrine of election.” (Page 52)