C. S. Lewis on Karl Barth and His Devotees | Thinking and Believing

From a letter to his brother written 18 February 1940: I am afraid the truth is in this, as in nearly everything else I think about at present, that the world, as it is now becoming and has partly …

Source: C. S. Lewis on Karl Barth and His Devotees | Thinking and Believing

Some harsh words written by Lewis about Barth and his followers. I quote:
‘They don’t think human reason or human conscience of any value at all: they maintain, as stoutly as Calvin, that there’s no reason why God’s dealings should appear just (let alone, merciful) to us: and they maintain the doctrine that all our righteousness is filthy rags with a fierceness and sincerity which is like a blow in the face.’

It seems to me Lewis is right on this account, which, of course, does not make Barth, with all his weaknesses, less important as a theologian.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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