Classic Carl Trueman

“Look, if I wanted a pretentious and incomprehensibly abstract theology with an impeccable record of emptying churches, I’d convert to Barthianism, wouldn’t I?”

The sheer brilliance of this for myself, a former mainliner, is almost too much to bear.

Read the rest of the article on the “Young, Restless, and Reformed”  by the erstwhile Professor of Church History Dr. Carl Trueman here.


3 thoughts on “Classic Carl Trueman

  1. “Pretentious” hardly describes Barth, nor does “abstract.”

    “Dialectical” and “paradoxical” should not be confused with “abstract.” I have some issues as well with Barth, but he was firmly concrete and attentive toward Jesus Christ.

    And I would question the extent to which “Barthianism” has actually influenced the mainline. Barth fell in disrepute among major influential churchmen, from the fifties to the seventies, only experiencing bits of resurgence here and there. (Note: The last ten years of an explosion in Barth studies was completely unforeseen.) If you want to find people to blame, you should turn to Niebuhr, Tillich, Bultmann, Hick, plus Foucault and other post-structuralist philosophers. My mainline Protestant professors, as an undergraduate, were reading those people and teaching those viewpoints. They could not have cared less about Barth.

  2. Well I attended a mainline Presbyterian Seminary and Barth was a common reference point for my Professors. Barth’s view of Scripture certainly has influenced and in many ways directed the failing of the mainline Church in general. Barth may have been “directed” towards Christ but that led him in a Christomonism direction.

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