RBT Email 2

We’ll be starting our third session of Reading Barth Together shortly (5/19 @10 AM EST); you can log on here, but we’ll be posting it on my YouTube Channel as quickly as we can. And this is the newsletter I sent out this week:

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Thankfully, we didn’t encounter the same difficulties with folks not being able to get into the webinar and everybody who wanted to join was able to join! I’ve enjoyed seeing such a large response from folks: who knew so many people cared about Karl Barth? If you’d like to watch the first or second session, they’re both up on my YouTube channel. The last three sessions will also be posted there.

Reading Barth Together: Session 2: God

The Zoom link for this week (5/19) is the same as last week. You can also find it on the Reading Barth Together post on my blog where I’ll continue to post related resources and updates. 

Andy Rowell reports that the discussion group is going well. This is the link for that group. If you find that you’d like to talk about Barth, COVID, and God after the webinar, that meeting may be the perfect chance for you to do so.

The third webinar is this Tuesday (5/19@10AM EST) with a focus on Barth’s doctrine of Christ (Ch.10-17 in Dogmatics in Outline). Hope you can join us then.

In Christ,


Mentioned Last Week

  • Above Karl Barth’s desk hung a representation of Matthias Grünewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece. You can get my perspective on what the masterwork means for Barthian preachers in my Conversations with Barth on Preaching (see the Introduction, specifically the “Two Portraits of a Preacher” section), and you might pursue Andrée Hayum’s The Isenheim Altarpiece for the best treatment of the altarpiece by an art historian.
  • Stanley and I also talked about the work of the great Hans Frei on theology as narrative. Take a look at Frei’s Theology & Narrative collection or The Eclipse of Biblical Narrative to see what we were talking about.
  • Finally, Stanley’s Gifford lectures With the Grain of the Universe popped up again.

Mentioned the First Week

  • Stephen Mulhall, the Oxford Wittgensteinian
  • The Barth in Conversations series being published by Westminster John Knox:
  • My Conversations with Barth on Preaching
  • Alasdair MacIntyre’s Whose Justice? Which Rationality?
  • Eberhard Busch’s introduction to Barth’s theology The Great Passion
  • Barth’s Christology in Church Dogmatics IV.1 §59ff “The Way of the Son of God into the Far Country” for which the Leitsatz reads:”That Jesus Christ is very God is shown in His way into the far country in which He the Lord became a servant. For in the majesty of the true God it happened that the eternal Son of the eternal Father became obedient by offering and humbling Himself to be the brother of man, to take His place with the transgressor, to judge him by judging Himself and dying in his place. But God the Father raised Him from the dead, and in so doing recognised and gave effect to His death and passion as a satisfaction made for us, as our conversion to God, and therefore as our redemption from death to life.”

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