Karl Barth on Theologians

“In the Church of Jesus Christ there can and should be no non-theologians” – Karl Barth

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

8 thoughts on “Karl Barth on Theologians

      1. I’m just kidding, sort of. It was economist Ludwig von Mises who said that about a bajillion years ago. The point I was trying to make, and probably didn’t do that well in two words, was that we all have to keep our eyes open to what we’re doing with our thinking about God, with our spending of our money, with our support or opposition of various politicians, with our practices concerning our personal health, with our management of our relationships–there’s this need for people to embrace the need to stay informed about all sorts of things that matter. We all need to keep our eyes open throughout life to many different issues, and not just rely on the opinions of others. Theology, however, definitely stands out uniquely as an important thing for us all to understand.

  1. I do have to agree with Barth here.

    I believe nowsadays, since the premise of ‘read the bible for yourself, and let the Holy Spirit teach you’ everyone is a theologian, everyone has their own theology, and most is deduced from a very literal reading of the Bible.

    Although to be honest, with all the strange and wonderful ideas that people come up with, I do understand why the ‘Church’kept the Sacred Scriptures under lock and key for so long 😉

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