Reading Barth Together (Updated Link)

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

Schedule:

  • 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

Join Zoom Meeting

https://duke.zoom.us/j/97672236970

Webinar ID: 976 7223 6970

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59 thoughts on “Reading Barth Together (Updated Link)

  1. Galpres@ls.net

    On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 10:41 PM Peculiar Prophet wrote:

    > willwillimon posted: ” Karl Barth with ever-present pipe 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 to” >

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  2. This sounds awesome! Will there be recordings of the sessions for those who want to participate but don’t know if they will be able to make the time work?

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  3. Galpres@ls.net

    On Tue, Apr 21, 2020 at 10:19 PM Mary Elizabeth Whartenby wrote:

    > Galpres@ls.net > > On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 10:41 PM Peculiar Prophet comment-reply@wordpress.com> wrote: > >> willwillimon posted: ” Karl Barth with ever-present pipe 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 to” >>

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  4. Hello, is there any way this could be recorded? I am a physician in Austin, TX, and I am seeing patients during that time. I would be very excited to get to participate in the course in some way. Thanks.

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  5. By chance will these be recorded? I want to attend but will have to miss the first one. Thanks for considering!

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  6. Could not join the zoom meeting due to it having reached maximum capacity (500 participants). Will this be recorded to view later? Would you consider youtube live or some other platform?

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  7. Thank you so much for doing this. The first meeting (5/5) was full before 10 am and I was not able to join. If the meeting were recorded, would you be wiling to make that recording available to those of us who could not be there? Thank you!

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  8. Many thanks for this public invitation. Unfortunately, the seminar reached its 500 participate maximum (!) before I had a chance to log in. I do hope these session can be recorded and posted online. Many thanks!

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  9. Sadly, Zoom blocked me from attending on May 5 since the limit of 500 participants had been reached. Is the meeting being recorded and will you post the link? Any possibility of extending the Zoom license to include more participants? Thanks for your consideration! – Dan Barnett, Butte College, Northern California

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  10. I was unable to get on Zoom as I got a message 500 were already in the meeting. Can I access a recording of the Zoom discussion? Thank You!

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  11. Stupid Zoom call kicked me out. Only (?) 500 participants allowed. Is this Zoom conversation going to be posted somewhere? Why oh why was Duke cheap?

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  12. Hi,

    I tried to get in at 10 A.M. but Zoom informed me that the room was maxed out at 500 participants. Any chance of receiving a link to a recording of the first session, if it exists?

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  13. Thanks for these discussions!
    Sorry to trouble you!
    But where is the zoom link for the discussion group?
    Last week it was on this webpage…
    But this week it was in the chat and I failed realise that I would need to click on it from there…

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