#73 – Dogmatics in Outline by Karl Barth (My 100 Favorite Books)

Karl Barth was an incredibly influential theologian in the first half of the 20th century.  His Commentary on Romans was brilliant in shaking up the staid liberal Christian attitudes after WWI.  Eventually he wrote a series of books called Church Dogmatics which consists of volume after volume, each hundreds of pages including some sections of smaller print for the truly not faint of heart.  For those of us who don’t quite want to dedicate the time to such a mammoth series, there is thankfully this small book that summarizes it.  Dogmatics in Outline serves as a wonderful summary of the larger series and is a must-read for anyone who wants a basic understanding of contemporary theology.

Barth challenges us to let God define who God is, rather than us grasping for philosophical and reasoned understandings.  Along with this, God is wholly other, there is nothing in creation like God.  I recall wanting to underline most of this book, so it is definitely deserving of a read.

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