1.a. Reformed Theology

Unapologetic Karl Barth

The first God-talk on Reformed Theology; we share a book review by Professor Emeritus Rev. Dr. Robert Cathey.

In the world of Reformed Theology, where intellectual exploration meets faith, the name Karl Barth looms large. His reinterpretation of St. Anselm’s argument for the existence of God marks a pivotal moment in the evolution of theological thought. In this book review, we delve into Karl Barth’s groundbreaking work, “Anselm: Fides Quaerens Intellectum,” and explore how it represents a profound shift from traditional apologetics to a “faith-seeking understanding” approach.

This approach emphasizes the affirmation of faith over its defense or apology, resonating with the idea that it’s more productive to affirm what we believe and who we are, first, rather than constantly defending and apologizing for them.

Karl Barth’s reinterpretation of Anselm’s argument represents a profound shift in theological perspective, emphasizing the “faith-seeking understanding” approach over traditional apologetics. This approach centers on affirming faith and its interconnectedness with understanding, engaging unbelievers on theological terms, and fostering an environment where faith can flourish. It challenges the notion that faith must always be defended or apologized for and instead encourages believers to embrace and share their faith with confidence and compassion. To explore this transformative perspective further, you can download this review of Karl Barth’s work and embark on a journey of faith-seeking understanding!

Barth and Anselm: A Review of Karl Barth, Anselm: Fides Quaerens Intellectum: Anselm’s Proof of the Existence of God in the Context of his Theological Scheme. Ian W. Robertson, trans. Pittsburgh Reprint Series No. 2 (Pittsburgh, PA: Pickwick Pr., 1975; London: SCM Pr., 1960), 173 p. All quotations in this book review and the post are from this translation.