Friday, March 19, 2010

Fun with Barth and Baillie

The following is a limerick about Karl Barth, written by Donald Baillie. Many of you, I'm sure, know Baillie from his widely read work on the atonement, God Was In Christ. This limerick is recounted by Donald's brother John in Donald's posthumously published The Theology of the Sacraments and Other Papers (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1957): 31.
There was a young thinker called Barth
Who walked by himself quite apart.
His favourite motto
Was Blast Rudolf Otto,
And Ritschl was wrong from the start.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I get it. . . .except for the bit about Ritschl. Where does Barth famously dispute Ritschl?

- - Confused Amateur

W. Travis McMaken said...

The last chapter of Barth's Protestant Theology in the 19th Century is on Ritschl. That would be a good place to start.