Dogmatics in Outline has ratings and 51 reviews. Barth stands before us as the greatest theologian of the twentieth century, yet the massive corpus of. Because Dogmatics in Outline derives from very particular circumstances namely the lectures Barth gave in war-shattered Germany in , it has an urgency. In l, standing amid the ruins of Bonn University, Karl Barth gave the lectures that we now know as Dogmatics in Outline. He lectured without a script, because .

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Barth stands before us as the greatest theologian of the twentieth century, yet the massive corpus of work which he left behind, the multi volume Church Dogmatics, can seem daunting and formidable to readers today.

Fortunately his Dogmatics in Outline first published in English incontains in brilliantly concentrated form even in shorthand, the essential tenets of his thinking. Built around the assertions made in the Apostles Creed the book consists of a series of reflections on the foundation stones of Christian doctrine.

Because Dogmatics in Outline derives from very particular circumstances namely the lectures Barth gave in war-shattered Germany init has an urgency and a compassion which lend the text a powerful simplicity.

Despite its brevity the book makes a tremendous impact, which in this new edition will now be felt by a fresh generation of readers.

Chapter OneThe Task Dogmatics is the science in which the Church, in accordance withthe state of its knowledge at different times, takes account of thecontent of its proclamation critically, that is, by the standard ofHoly Scripture and under the guidance of its Confessions.

Dogmatics is a science. What science really is has already been pondered, discussed and written about infinitely often and at all periods. We cannot develop this discussion even allusively here. I offer you a concept of science which is at any rate discussible and may serve as the basis for our expositions.

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I propose that by science we understand an attempt at comprehension and exposition, at investigation and instruction, which is related to a definite brath and sphere of activity. No act of man can claim to be more than an attempt, not even science. By describing it as an attempt, we are simply stating its nature as preliminary and limited. Wherever science is taken in practice completely seriously, we are under no illusion that anything man can do can ever be an undertaking of supreme wisdom and final art, that there exists an absolute science, one that as it were has fallen from Heaven.

Even Christian dogmatics is an attempt-an attempt to understand and an attempt to expound, an attempt to see, to hear and to state definite facts, to survey ib co-ordinate these facts, to present them in the form of a doctrine. In every science an object is involved and outilne sphere of activity. In no science is it a matter of pure theory or pure practice; on the one hand, theory comes in, but also, on the other hand, ij guided by this theory.

So by dogmatics, too, we understand this twofold activity of investigation and doctrine in relation to an object and a sphere of activity. The subject of dogmatics is the Christian Church. The subject of a science can only be one in which the object and sphere of activity in question are present and familiar.

Therefore it is no limitation and no vilification of the concept of dogmatics as a science to say that the subject of this science is the Church. It outlins the bagth, the community, charged with the object and the activity with which dogmatics is concerned-namely, the proclamation of the Gospel.

By calling the Church the subject of dogmatics we mean that where dogmatics is pursued, whether by pupil or by teacher, we find ourselves in the sphere of the Church. The man who seeks to occupy himself with dogmatics and deliberately puts himself outside the Church would have to reckon with the fact that for him the object of dogmatics would be alien, and should not be surprised if after the first steps he could not find his bearings, or even dpgmatics damage.

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Even in dogmatics familiarity with the subject must be there, and dogatics really means familiarity with the life of the Church.

This, of course, cannot mean that in dogmatics one would have outlinw deal with what had been said in ancient or modern times by a Church authority, so that we should merely be repeating what it had prescribed. Not even Roman Catholic dogmatics has so interpreted its task. By calling the Church the subject of dogmatics, our only thought is that whoever is occupied with this science, whether as pupil or as teacher, must take his stand in responsibility upon the basis of the Christian Church and its work.

That is the conditio sine qua non. But please note that this involves a free participation in the Church’s life; it involves the responsibility which the Christian has to shoulder in this matter also. In the science eogmatics dogmatics the Church draws up its reckoning in accordance with the state of its knowledge at different times. It might be said oitline this is quite obvious, given the premised concept of science. But it is batth so automatically obvious, according to certain ideas about dogmatics which many have in their heads.

I repeat that dogmatics is not a thing which has fallen from Heaven to earth. And if someone were to say that it would be wonderful if there were such an absolute dogmatics fallen from Heaven, the only possible answer would be: The Christian Church does not exist in Heaven, dogmatiics on earth and in time.

And although it is a gift of God, He has set it right amid earthly and human circumstances, and to that fact corresponds absolutely everything that happens in the Church. The Christian Church lives on earth and it lives in history, with the lofty good entrusted to it by God.

In oufline possession and administration of this lofty good it passes on its way through history, in strength and in weakness, in faithfulness and in unfaithfulness, in obedience and in disobedience, in understanding and in misunderstanding of what is said to it.

Amid the history unfolded upon earth, for example, that of nature and civilisation, of morals and religion, of art and science, of society and the State, there is also a history of the Church.

It too is a human, earthly history; and so it is not quite indefensible for Goethe to say of it that in all periods it has been a hotch-potch of error and power. If oytline Christians are sincere, we have to concede that this holds no less of Church history than of world history. That being so, we have cause domgatics speak modestly and humbly of what the Church is capable of, and therefore also of the Church work that we are barhh here-namely, dogmatics.

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Showing of 37 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Barth calls them “merely an outline of the multi-volume Dogmatik” 6. This is to sell them short.

Dogmatics in Outline is not without fault. Nor will any reader walk away without brath apparently even Barth. Yet still, Barth is a masterful guide through the Apostle’s Creed from the Reformed tradition providing insights and thoughts that the modern church needs to hear.

His usage of the Heidelberg Catechism throughout his exposition provides great historical light and reveals that many of his insights are not novel. Yet, he would still call these lectures “a document of our time” 8. Though the setting is formal, Barth’s teaching is quite straightforward. While a general knowledge of the Apostle’s Creed will help a reader, Barth expounds upon the creed without any presuppositions.

In many cases, his challenges to liberal theology remind of modern problems the church still faces. Despite the fact that each section is at most about sogmatics pages, Barth is deceptively easy to read and thus I spent a great deal of time poring over what had been transcribed in each lecture.

He seemingly wastes no words, ni repeats himself and is almost never recorded delivering anything but the highest level of discourse. Many do not write as clearly as Barth spoke extemporaneously. In particular, the three chapters on the structure of faith Faith as Trust, Faith as Knowledge, and Faith as Confession are particularly useful. The contrast between faith as trust and as knowledge was and is still difficult for me outlinee totally understand in the context of this discussion.

If reading the chapter on trust, one might accuse Barth as some have of fideism, but then taken as a pill with the chapter on knowledge, the waters are muddied.

Knowledge rightly understood, knowledge as varth or Sophia rather that Scientia, Barth dogmtaics, is the sort of Christian knowledge that is related to faith and encompasses the entire existence of man. Finally the church’s job, in faith, is to confess its faith. Christian faith does not happen in a ‘snail’s shell’ or in a comfortable dualism. Francis, spread the Gospel, and use words only if necessary. By far the most moving chapter is on the coming judgment of Christ.

Judgment never seems to be a fun topic, but in this case Barth points us to Christ as the one who will create order and restore what has been destroyed. The i university was apparently in near ruins in the post-war landscape, perhaps making this a particularly poignant point for many students as well as Barth himself. At judgment all tears will be wiped away.

It won’t be a question outlibe our faith or lack of faith – but it will be the point where “it is finished” comes into full view. Christ has done his work on earth, which holds for all, Christian and non-Christian alike.

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An amazing lecture that truly challenges any sort of knee-jerk reaction against Christ the Judge. This was for me a book to savor and delight in, and it is one that I shall revisit again and again throughout my life.

Kindle Edition Otline Purchase. This is an excellent short and relatively accessible work by Barth. Delivered as a lecture in the year just after WWII, Barth is speaking to students about the basic doctrines of the Christian faith.

His combativeness, intellect, and humor are on display here in a book full of vivid metaphors and surprising turns of thought. If you want to read Barth himself but don’t want to tackle the Church Dogmatics yet, this is a great choice.

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