Karl Barth (1886 to 1968) was a leading theologian of the 20th century. His thought influenced such great theological titans as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Reinhold Niebuhr and Martin Luther King, Jr. Barth is the author of the Barmen Declaration, a declaration commanding the Lutheran Church to speak up against Adolf Hitler, which he delivered personally to the Fuhrer. Barth was expelled from the University of Bonn in Germany, where he was a professor, for his opposition to Nazi Socialism. His prolific writings cover topics ranging from Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians to Church Dogmatics.
Born in Basel, Switzerland, Barth stressed the “wholly otherness of God.” Barth believed that the God who is revealed in the cross of Jesus is not allied with human achievements or possessions.
We will examine two of Barth’s sermons that make up the slender volume called The Word in the World. The first sermon was given upon the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. The other was delivered in 1934 during Nazi ascendancy. The second sermon represents an evolution in his thinking.
Join facilitator Paula Mays for another in our Brown Bag discussions series. We’ll supplement this food for thought with a dessert of cookies and Kit Kats. Participants are asked to read the volume in advance.
RSVP requested as space is limited at Registrations@cathedral.org
- Free; please register
- December 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
- Cathedral Library