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Karl Barth’s Ethics of Reconciliation

One of our dedicated Everyday God-talk authors, Rev. Dr. Robert Cathey shares another book review on Barth. In this book review, we can think of how Barth adopted the ethics of “reconciliation,” instead of “forgiveness,” as a way for humans to be free from the sinful situation of being alienated from God and their neighbors. It is also interesting to learn some of Dr. Cathey’s experience as a theologian, witnessing how Barth’s work is interpreted and reinterpreted over decades by theologians coming from various spectrums. I guess there is no one rigid way of reading any text – including the work of Barth.

“But for much of my career I approached Barth via those who tried to reinterpret his theology to make it more palatable to late twentieth century concerns. Barth as a socialist or Barth as a champion of Protestant orthodoxy appeals to some. But in John Webster, I finally found a theologian more concerned with an unvarnished Barth, who let’s Barth’s theology speak on its own terms regardless how it may offend modern sensibilities.”

Interesting in learning more? Download this book review.

Webster, Barth’s Ethics of Reconcilation, 1995

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