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

Barth Bite for Friday January 1, 2016

Followers of Barth Bite are aware that some days I do not share any quotes from Karl Barth even though I read ten pages of his Church Dogmatics every day. However today, on the first day of the new year, I found two short statements worth sharing.
“What we read in Gen. 1 and 2 are genuine histories of creation.”
“A man without imagination is more of an invalid than one who lacks a leg.”
– Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, Volume III.1, pages 89 and 91

Barth Bite for December 31, 2015

“If the biblical creation stories agree in content and character with the rest of the biblical witness, we ought not to be offended because they are sagas. We are no less truly summoned to listen to what the Bible has to say here in the form of saga than to what it has to say in other places in the form of history, and elsewhere in the form of address, doctrine, meditation, law, epigram, epic and lyric.” – Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, Volume III.1 “The Doctrine of Creation,” page 83