Barth and beyond

Making grace real

With a new generation of theologians reevaluating the theology of Karl Barth, some are suggesting that this pivotal figure of the 20th century may enjoy his greatest influence in the 21st. Doubtless many readers will recoil at such a prospect, but that may be because their own assumptions about Barth do not correspond to the vitality of Barth’s own work. The purpose of Christian theology for Barth was not to pursue any sort of “ism” but to understand the gospel, to hear the Word of God afresh, and thereby to resolve at every turn “to begin again at the beginning.”


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