God Here and Now (Routledge Classics)
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Karl Barth was, without doubt, one of the most significant religious thinkers of modern times. His radical affirmation of the revealed truth of Christianity changed the course of Christian theology in the twentieth century and is a source of inspiration for countless believers. Pope Pius XII declared that there had been nothing like Karl Barth's later thought since Thomas Aquinas. God Here and Now offers a succinct and accessible overview of that thought. In it, Barth outlines his position on the fundamental tenets of Christian belief, from the decision of faith to the authority of the Bible, and from the interpretation of grace to the significance of Jesus Christ. In this way Barth challenges each and every reader to discover what it means to encounter God, here and now.
men enlightened and overcome by this witness, i.e., by Him to whom this witness points. That the Holy Scriptures are kept near at hand and are respected by them as the final authority, that they are expounded among them in preaching, instruction, and pastoral care and applied to their lives, is not the whole story. Rather, what happens among these men is this: the Holy Scriptures speak and are heard as God’s Word, the moving rain shower, of which Luther spoke, in fact falls upon this place. Here
circumstances have as its content the fellowship of the Holy Spirit understood in this way. This could also be said in another way: The essence of the Church is the event in which the baptism into the name of the triune God, which many men have received in different times, in fact bring to their remembrance that they have been received into the friendship of God and therefore have been made responsible before the whole world for the things of God. And it could also be put this way: The essence
men by the grace of God, described, for example, in the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, and the admonitions of the apostles. From the Bible one learns to submit to such a condition of life. 3. What is the posture of Christian ethics to the world of human morals? That is, what is its posture to the customs and practices, old and new, to the traditional or perhaps revolutionary rules of life in which man, apparently independent of that history of which we have been speaking, thinks he
Church 88–9; Communism 130–1; English 103–4; eschatological 31; exclusiveness 127–8; exegesis 65–7; humanism 1, 2, 3, 118, 124–5; liberalism 16n2, 17; Protestant viii, 1, 2, 3, 16–17, 18, 104; Roman Catholic viii, 1, 2 1 Timothy, Book of 15 2 Timothy, Book of 35n1 totalitarianism 52 traditions 44 transcendence 122–3 trumpeter analogy x–xi, 53 trust 39 truth 23, 58–9 unbelief 28–9, 84, 129–30 unfaithfulness 63 watchfulness of servants 85 witnessing: apostles 20, 57–9, 60,62, 70;
to an event which has happened once and for all time: an event for all times and for men in every land, which took place among the Jewish people in their own land at the time of Caesar Augustus and Tiberius. He who speaks of Jesus Christ speaks of him who stands effectively in the place of all men, or he is not speaking of him at all. The rest of us were and are not that which he is. He is, therefore, no picture or symbol of the general reality of man, with his living and dying, his suffering and