Perhaps intimidated by the imposing Church Dogmatics and unsure where to start, many would like to be more familiar with Karl Barth’s theology. My dear friend Stanley Hauerwas and I have have decided to do a series together on Barth’s Dogmatics in Outline to introduce folks to Barth’s thought in an accessible form and forum. Despite Dogmatics in Outline only being 153 pages (less than 2% the length of CD!), Stanley described it as the most influential theological book of the twentieth century. Here are some discussion questions to consider as you read.
Note: The webinar license has now been upgraded to allow 1000 participants.
I’ve heard from a number of people who were unable to access the first webinar. If we fill up the 1000 person webinar license, be assured that the sessions are being recorded and posted on the blog. Here’s the first session:
The sessions will be hosted each Tuesday in May from 10-11am EST as a Zoom Webinar. No pre-registration is needed; all we ask is that you include your name and email address when you join. The Zoom information is at the bottom of the post.
Stanley and I will talk about what Barth is doing in the chapters and what those chapters have to do with our theology today before taking whatever questions participants might have. All are welcome regardless of whether they’ve been reading Barth for years or this is their first exposure to his thought.
For the first session, we’ll be considering Barth’s accounts of The Task and Faith (Ch. 1-4). For the second, God and Creation (Ch. 5-9). For the third, Jesus Christ (Ch. 10-19). For the fourth, the rest of the book (Ch. 20-24). While it’s available quite affordably on Amazon, you may be able to access it here or here as well.
We’ve also decided to broaden the panel for a fifth session the first Tuesday in June (6/2) on Dogmatics in Outline and the Local Church at the same address and same time. Stanley and I will be joined by pastors who have used the book for Confirmation classes and other applications.
Also, our former student Andy Rowell has offered to host a discussion group on Zoom after each session. We’ll be posting that link during the webinar.
Zoom Meeting Details
Reading Barth Together
- May 5, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada): Ch. 1-4
- May 12, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada): Ch. 5-9
- May 19, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada): Ch. 10-19
- May 26, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada): Ch. 20-24
- June 2, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada): Local Church
Webinar ID: 976 7223 6970