Friday, 13 July 2007

How to read Karl Barth: advice from Bonhoeffer

In 1931, when Bonhoeffer was leading a seminar at Union Theological Seminary in New York, he told his students: “I do not see any other possible way for you to get into real contact with Barth’s thinking than by forgetting everything you have learnt before.”

—Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Gesammelte Schriften, 3:111; cited in Mark R. Lindsay’s excellent new book, Barth, Israel, and Jesus: Karl Barth’s Theology of Israel (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007), p. 20.


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