Karl Barth (1886-1968) was the most significant Protestant theologian of the 20th century. From his humble beginnings as a small town pastor in Switzerland to his professorships at Göttingen, Münster, Bonn, and Basel, Barth revolutionized many aspects of Christian theology during his long career.
His masterwork is the Church Dogmatics, a thirteen volume treatise covering all the major doctrines of Christian theology–from the Trinity to election to providence to the person and work of Christ, and much more. Reading the Church Dogmatics is not always easy, however. Barth has a unique style of writing and he draws on a vast knowledge of sources from the history of Christianity.
We're starting this reading group to study small portions of the Church Dogmatics together. Our goal is to read Barth dialogically, both in conversation with one another and with other stands of the Christian tradition. We'll meeting twice a month over dinner at a local restaurant. We hope all participants will come away with an understanding of Barth's theology and a renewed appreciation for the mysteries of the Christian faith.