Dogmatics in Outline has ratings and 51 reviews. Barth stands before us as the greatest theologian of the twentieth century, yet the massive corpus of. Because Dogmatics in Outline derives from very particular circumstances namely the lectures Barth gave in war-shattered Germany in , it has an urgency. In l, standing amid the ruins of Bonn University, Karl Barth gave the lectures that we now know as Dogmatics in Outline. He lectured without a script, because .
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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Dogmatics in Outline batrh Karl Barth. Dogmatics in Outline by Karl Barth. Barth stands before us dogmatice the greatest theologian of the twentieth century, yet the massive corpus of work which he left behind, the multi volume Church Dogmatics, can seem daunting and formidable to readers today. Fortunately his Dogmatics in Outline first published in Bartth incontains in brilliantly concentrated form even in shorthand, the essential tenets of hi Barth stands before us as the greatest theologian of the twentieth century, yet the massive corpus of work which he un behind, the multi volume Church Dogmatics, can seem daunting and formidable to readers today.
Fortunately his Dogmatics in Outline first published in English incontains in brilliantly concentrated form even in shorthand, the essential tenets of his thinking.
Built around the assertions made in the Apostles Creed the book consists of a series of reflections on the foundation stones of Christian doctrine. Because Dogmatics in Outline derives from very particular circumstances namely the lectures Barth gave in war-shattered Germany init has an urgency and a compassion which lend the text a powerful simplicity. Despite its brevity the book makes a tremendous impact, which in this new edition will now be felt by a fresh generation of readers.
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Feb 07, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a classic work by one of the great theologians of the 20th century. Well, the “classic” work is the Dogmatics but honestly, who has time to read that monster? What Barth offers here is a densely packed journey through the Apostles creed.
It is dense – I found myself wanting to underline so much it may have been easier to underline the stuff I didn’t find as intriguing.
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As I read, I was reminded of the importance of allowing God to define who God is through This is a classic work by one of the great theologians of the 20th century. As I read, I was reminded of the importance of allowing God to define who God is through revelation, rather than our vain attempts at reaching God through our own minds.
Further, as Barth emphasized the complete otherness of God, I was reminded how amazing the incarnation actually is. Most of all, it was jarring to read this book during the rise of Trump, with so many Christians in America seemingly exchanging the morals they’ve expected in leaders at least, that’s what I’ve been hearing for my entire life for outliine guy they think can win.
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Why worry about being like Jesus, or even allowing Jesus to be front and center when we speak about God when we’ve got elections to win? Barth lived through the Nazi era ib makes reference to Hitler and the sell-out “German Christians” at times. I do not think a Hitler is rising in America by any means. Brth the theme of a country that sees itself as Christian but seems to care little for the God revealed in Jesus, or to put it another way, the temptation to put nation above God, shows up often in history.
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We may be living through one such time. For that, and simply for the fact Barth is fantastic, any and all pastors and Christians could benefit from this book. May 30, Chris rated it it was amazing. It’s been about a year since I first started and I have finally finished Barth’s Dogmatics in Outline.
That makes the book sound really long, but in fact it is quite short, especially when you compare it to Barth’s volume Church Dogmatics. Still I took a year to read it in three outlije installments for a series of theology classes.
I’m going to go ahead and give this book the coveted 5 star rating, even while saying that most people probably won’t want to read it.
Barth’s wording is dense, It’s been about a year since I first started and I have finally finished Barth’s Dogmatics in Outline. Barth’s wording is dense, and his thinking and terminology is so outside-the-box that it often took me re-reading the same paragraph times just to begin to grasp what he was getting at. But when I did I was frequently blown away. He has such a fresh approach to Christian theology.
It’s quite Biblical, and even brings a lot of correction to where modern theologies have deviated from Biblical intent, yet it often feels like hearing the Biblical truth for the first time. And for someone who is obviously a very intellectual thinker, Barth occasionally uses imagery that is disarmingly simple and arresting in its impact. I can see now why there are so many Barth students and fans out there. As I read I found myself constantly wanting to stop and tell my wife about some new insight I was getting from my reading.
I can’t say that I agree with Barth’s approach to everything Christian, but this particular book was a great help to me and very enlightening. Would I have made it through without it being assigned for homework?
I can be a bit of a wuss when it comes to reading material this rigorous. But I like to think the payoff would have encouraged me to keep reading, just like it did when I was doing it for homework.
In the end, I have to acknowledge that this book does indeed deserve the 5-star “amazing” rating. Short, powerful, worldview-changing, and coming from perhaps one of the most important thinkers and certainly most important theologians, of the 20th century. Jan 21, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: Brief summary of Barth’s theology, using the Apostolic Creed as a basis. If only all religious thought were this rational. Apr 24, David Sarkies rated it liked it Recommends it for: The church as it moves into the modern culture 24 April Well, first I should suggest that if you don’t want to read me rambling on about nothing then you should skip this first paragraph, but then I am probably going to talk more about Barth and theological writing than this book because I read this book quite some time ago and not much of its content ended up sinking into my long term memory or at least what I can withdrawal.
However, it is ANZAC day today so I have the day off work yay The church as it moves into the modern culture 24 April Well, first I should suggest that if you don’t want to read me rambling on about nothing then you should skip this first paragraph, but then I am probably going to talk more about Barth and theological writing than this book because I read this book quite some time ago and not much of its content ended up sinking into my long term memory or at least what I can withdrawal.
However, it is ANZAC day today so I have the day off work yayand as well as writing a rather steamy chapter of my post-modern piece of rubbish, I thought I would also write a few more commentaries on Goodreads if only to try a boost the number of reviews I have written since I am currently number 4 in Australia, and have dropped down somewhat from number 2.
This lead to a break within the church and the creation of the Confessing Church which stood against the regime and its atrocities. Remember that many of the hierarchs of the regime were not Christian and were more interested in bringing back ancient German paganism. Barth’s major work is a 13 volume book called Church Dogmatics which I am unlikely to read however this work is more of a cut down version that uses the Apostles Creed as a springboard for his discussions.
When I did read this book I found that Barth was a very inspiring writer and explore numerous areas of Christianity quite deeply, which is not surprising since he lived during one of the most violent periods of the 20th Century, having seen two world wars and two economic crises. What this period symbolised was a breakdown in the modernist and enlightened ideas of the 18th and 19th century which saw the idea that humanity no longer needed God and that they could create paradise on Earth develop.
This changed with World War I, and I still hold the position that World War I should not be viewed outside of World War II or the events that occurred inbetween, namely because, as I have once again suggested, we see the breakdown of humanistic philosophy.
What we see with theologians like Barth, and later with philosophers like Lewis, is Christianity being brought into the modern world. Some suggest that Francis Schaffer is returning to the fundamentalist roots that we see struggling with our own post-modern world, but having read a number of his works, I see that he is also attempting to reconcile Christianity with modernism.
Unfortunately, humanity tends to always move faster than Christianity which, while not being a backward looking religion, tends to be less progressive. These days, within the churches that I attend and I must admit that they also tend to move slowly, but this is not necessarily a bad thing because what slow movement means is that the congregation considers how they should progress, and simply rushing too fast into the progressive movement can undermine the authenticity of the church are desires to try to meet the post-modern society where they are at, however they have still not understood the relative nature of post-modernism, in that they are still caught up in objective doctrine, and fail to see the nature of subjectivity and opinion.
However, consider this, music in the church is still mostly pop-rock, and while the music may be moving into the style of the 90s, the electronica of the new century is still a long way off. As for me, in some ways I have probably moved forward a little more than the others, but have no desire to drag or push them up to where I am because as I have suggested before blind progress can be quite destructive.
For instance the issue of sex before marriage is something, that if not handled correctly, can be very destructive within the congregation, and as is clear within the Bible, the people are God are not meant to be descending into orgies or prostituting themselves to the world.
To me, one should be able to move beyond this obsession that society has with pleasure to a more disciplined and enlightened dogmatice of the domgatics relationship.
Nov 30, Kyle Barton rated it really liked it. This is the first book by Karl Barth that I’ve actually read, so I’m reviewing Dogmatics in Outline avowedly as a novice in Barth’s theological world.
This probably comes as good news to many review readers, since most people are in my shoes and haven’t had a chance or a desire to navigate much of Barth’s oceanic work. My review in certain ways then may turn out to be more helpful than a seasoned Barthian, at least in terms of understanding, bewilderment, and delight.
Density This short book is de This is the first book by Karl Barth that I’ve actually read, so I’m baarth Dogmatics in Outline avowedly as a novice in Barth’s theological world.
Density This short book is deceptively dense. Although Barth rarely employs large, unfamiliar words here aside from a few Latin phrasesmuch of his writing is dense and complex, both in reference and syntax.
He references, oftentimes implicitly, a whole constellation of theologians, world events, and dogmaatics own major theological motifs.
I found myself having to reread sections to start to pick up on what he was getting at. Sometimes I felt as if Barth wasn’t looking me in the eyes as he spoke.
That he was looking past me and passionately commenting on what he saw, and that I, bartb unable to turn around and see it, could outlne grasp at what was there.
Sitz im Leben This book is also shaped by the pressures and exigencies of its time. Barth says as much in the foreword, that “it smacks of a document of our time” p. It was given amidst the ruins of the University of Bonn soon after World War 2 and you can almost feel this setting as you read. This setting is appropriate—Barth lecturing among the ruins of the past. From what I’ve read in other places, Barth’s whole theological enterprise was a reaction to, and at times a repudiation of, events surrounding him—the failure of liberal Protestant theology, German idealism, natural theology, the World Wars.
John Webster says that Barth “was always occasional and often polemical—directed to particular turns in the life and thinking of the church, concerned with clarifying the gospel now.
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If you haven’t read anything on Barth, you probably want to before jumping into the deep end. I also plan to read John Webster’s book Barth soon for a dogmaatics comprehensive overview of this theological titan. Poignancy Despite the first two potential hindrances, this is a beautiful and moving book.
Barth speaks with passion and poetry and at the same time with a disarming familiarity. He alternates between rigorous professor and reassuring grandfather. Once we have realized this, this one God, this subject in His sheer uniqueness and otherness over against all others, different from all the ridiculous deities whom man invents, we can only laugh, and there is a laugh running through the Bible at these figures.
But the strife must be inexorably carried on to a finish.