One of the most influential theologians of all time
Karl Barth was a famous theologian who wrote many books including theological summa Church Dogmatics.
Why is Karl Barth one of the greatest theologians of all time?
He grew up in Switzerland and came from a religious household. From a young age, he was passionate and determined to study theology.
Barth met a man named Martin Rade and joined a sect of German liberal theology. He served as a pastor in Geneva for a couple of years, and in 1911 he returned to Bible studying it and analyzing text.
He later met with Christian socialist and started to develop a sympathy to the industrial workers that he felt were exploited by the textile owners of the factories, many of them go to his church.
Karl Barth not only helps them but preaches it at mass which leads him to lose people and support in the congregation.
During the outbreak of World War 1 many theologians in Germany sided with the Kaiser (King) which left him shocked, he couldn’t see why they would support someone like that.
He starts to see it as an immoral action and starts to think about what is leading these theologians to believe war is necessary. He felt that the foundation of their beliefs is the root cause of their support for the war.
He decided by writing his most notorious edition of the Epistle to the Roman (1919). He decided in the summer of 1916 to write a commentary on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans as a way of rethinking his theological inheritance.
He attempted to restructure Protestant theology. His work included saving the grace of God and humanity’s inability to know God outside of God’s revelation in Christ.
Many read into Bart’s books and see it as negative but in large part, his readings do portray God as acting in graciously ways in the world.
In honor of his teachings and philosophy lets go over some of his most noteworthy quotes. These are the best Karl Barth quotes of all time.
1. God chooses for us to be free
“The doctrine of election is the sum of the gospel because of all words that can be said or heard it is the best: that God elects man; that God is for man to the one who loves in freedom.” — Karl Barth
2. Don’t get …