KARL BARTH MAN IN HIS DETERMINATION AS THE COVENANT PARTNER OF GOD
This week we continue our study of Barth with a fairly extensive assignment from his Church Dogmatics [pp. 1-118], perhaps the most seminal theological work of the previous century.
By way of introduction (and to allay your panic at the task before you), let me offer a few remarks on how to read Barth.
Second, Barth uses a vocabulary that has been re-shaped (given a new meaning) in light of the person and work of Jesus Christ. Third, Barth was as much a preacher as he was an academic theologian. His prose style, for all the lengthy sentences, may be read like a sermon. Fourth, much like great Baroque musicians Barth will 'repeat' certain basic themes often in a slightly different key.
Finally, and please note this paragraph, what will appear to you footnotes (sometimes extremely long footnotes!) were added by Barth after he had given the text (in large print) as lectures.
Write a paper on each the following topic: Discuss in detail what Barth means by designating Jesus as the man for other men. And why he begins his anthropology here with Jesus.
Besides this, Barth shows that Jesus is redeemed considering that other men see him as a person from above, bore by God. Therefore, Jesus, not other men, has been ordained by God. If this is indeed the reality, then Barth identifies that, as a redeemed man, Jesus Christ cannot fallout with God...
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