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Barth's "Göttingen Dogmatics" - §4: Man and His Question

The androcentric nature of Barth's language notwithstanding, in this section he addresses the human condition and the "contradiction" at the heart of our existence, as well as reflecting on how it can be that God encounters us in the midst of that contradiction as "the answer to our question" ( Diktatsatz ). This is part 5 of a multi-part series, and you can find the series index here . I begin the audio recordings by reading Barth’s Diktatsatz , so I will begin reproducing that here as well. The bold is mine and indicates where I find emphasis: God's revelation, which is the basis of Christian preaching, is the answer to our question how we can overcome the contradiction in our existence, which we have to view not as our destiny but as our responsible act , and which we know that we cannot overcome. But we know ourselves in this regard only as God makes himself known to us . We would not ask about God had God not already answered us. Because of

Meanwhile, back at the ranch… (January 19, 2021 ed.)

…or, Something to keep you busy over the weekend… …or, It’s been a while. How are you? That about sums things up. The last link / updates post was back in May. Let’s dive right in to what I have to share with you all today. To begin, Religious Theory (“E-Supplement to the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory ”) published a paper I wrote on Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Ethics: “The Ultimate And The Penultimate – Bonhoeffer’s Twofold Contextualism In Adjudicating Competing Ethical Claims.” Click for part 1 and part 2 . My redoubtable editorial associate, Scott Jackson, published another book review in Christian Century (which is very cool): A humble God? - Matthew Wilcoxen traces the idea from Augustine through Katherine Sonderegger. Good friend of the blog, Kate Hanch (you may recall when I talked with her about Julian of Norwich ), organized a book study on Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree and she posted seven (!) videos for it. Click here: you don’t want to mi