This volume introduces readers to the life and thought of Karl Barth (1886–1968), one of the most important theologians since the Reformation. Featuring the Armchair series' characteristic whimsical illustrations, Barth for Armchair Theologians surveys Barth's theology as it emerges and culminates in his monumental Church Dogmatics as well as how his theology continues to be interpreted in the present day.
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“As Karl Barth came to characterize the Enlightenment, it was a system of thought founded on the presupposition of faith in the omnipotence of human reason and ability.” (Page 8)
“Barth increasingly believed that to speak of God was to speak of something different, strange, and startling. God does not come to us in ways that simply affirm what we already believe and practice as a matter of course, but God comes to us and speaks to us on God’s own terms, invading and disrupting what we have known and take for granted by calling into being a new reality that we could not have foreseen or imagined.” (Page 31)
“What is of supreme significance in the reading of Scripture is apprehending the voice and will of God.” (Page 42)
“For Barth, the fatal flaw in the liberal approach to theology was its limited ability to speak about God in ways that challenged the assumptions and presuppositions of a particular culture. While liberals could speak with conviction concerning matters such as religion, history, culture, and ethics, their approach to theology did not provide them with the necessary resources to speak about God in ways that called into question and challenged the status quo. Hence, the God of liberal theology appeared to Barth to function as one who simply sanctioned the values and norms that society had established and certified them with a divine seal of approval.” (Pages 30–31)
“Put another way, liberal talk about God was merely talk about humanity with a louder voice.” (Page 31)