Although I've written this somewhat tongue-in-cheek I am still serious when I ask what's the big deal? Many others down through history have made us think and have had some keen theological insights but they don't get nearly as much press as Barth does.
31 May 2008
Drowning in a Sea of Barth Goo - Carl Trueman on Karl Barth
One of my hero's, Carl Trueman (I'm sure he wouldn't like me to call him that), has just disappointed me. It has sadly come to my attention that he has written the forward to Engaging With Barth (how have I missed this up til now?). I am saddened. Derek Thomas takes him to task here for his promotion of KB and Trueman's responses are here and here. His response is much of what I've heard and read before, i.e., Barth makes us think and challenges us and although we disagree with him blah, blah, blah. So, I'm still waiting for someone to tell me what is so compelling about Barth that it should make me want to study (or at least read) him. Someone please tell me I don't have to buy this book and spend valuable reading time on it.