Barth Bite for Friday January 15, 2016

Today I realized that of the fourteen volumes of Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics, four volumes are entitled “The Doctrine of Creation.” In my recent reading I found two sentences about that Sabbath that I like:
“The freedom, rest and joy of the Sabbath consists in the fact that on this day man is released from his daily work.”
“That he does not strive in vain towards this goal; that his work cannot devour him but consists of steps towards this goal, is confirmed at the end of each week by the proffered freedom, rest and joy of the workless Sabbath which he is granted. It is this which gives perspective and depth, meaning and lustre, to all his weeks, and therefore to his whole time, as well as to the work which he performs in his time.” – Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, Volume III.1, “The Doctrine of Creation,” page 214

Barth Bite for Tuesday January 12, 2016

Reading my ten pages of Barth today was a challenge because it was all in small print. But it was fascinating to read Barth’s exposition of the first chapters of the Bible and his interpretation of what it means to be created in the image of God. Here is one sentence that stood out:
“A man who was crucified and who died in Jerusalem is the Messiah, the Son of God, and the image of God.” – KarlBarth, Church Dogmatics, Volume III.1 Doctrine of Creation, page 201

Barth Bite for Wednesday January 6, 2016

Today, in reading ten pages of Barth’s lengthy analysis of the creation narratives in the book of Genesis, I found this sentence: “Every living creature is alive because of that which it has in common with the vegetable kingdom, and it remains alive because it finds its food, its spread table , in the vegetable kingdom.” – Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, Volume III.1, page 143