This web log (blog) is organized as a running commentary on my reading of Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics.
This blog is neither systematic, scholarly, nor complete. I hope that I may make not unintelligent comments, but I'm trained as a church historian, not as a systematic theologian.
This may be a very slow-growing blog. Barth is not a fast read, and some sections require re-reading and further reflection.
Comments will be listed using the Categories on the left side of your screen, according to the divisions of Church Dogmatics in its part-volumes and section numbers (with the section-sign §). Because the blog format tends to list entries chronologically, and I am reading the volumes front-to-back, you may have to page down a ways to reach comments on the sections or subsections which occur early in the text.
At the left are also references to a number of my own excursus about the why and what.
My hope is that readers of this blog might be inspired to tackle Barth's text on their own. Why do this? Barth engages in the real arguments, the ones that matter. His critique is ever-so pertinent in a new century characterized (on every side) either by extreme orthodoxies that are completely unwilling to take other points of view seriously, or by a totalizing "inclusiveness" unwilling to take the past seriously, to engage in a future which will have to account for evil as well as good, and in the present to take any costly stand whatsoever.
A note on page numbers: at first I was using an old edition of Church Dogmatics, then the newer study edition. Thanks to Princeton Theological Seminary Library, I now have alumni access to the Digital Karl Barth, and I will labor to re-number citations to the page numbers cited in that online edition.
A note on the curious lack of secondary scholarship: As a librarian, I am well aware of the vast scholarship on Barth, a bit of which I have read. At every turn I could festoon the page with Princetonian footnotes, but I demur. This blog is simply my response to reading Barth, not an introduction or expression of true scholarship --which I must reserve for topics in which I have more training (e.g., Carolingian bishops).
The views expressed in this blog are not those of my employer, Sacred Heart University of Fairfield, CT, its Board of Trustees, or any other legal entity with which I am affiliated.