We are in chapter four now. Dietrich is back from his trip to Rome where he caught a glimpse of the church universal–a topic he would explore in his doctoral dissertation. When back in Germany, Dietrich pursues his education and meets Karl Barth (pictured above), perhaps one of the most important theologians of the “last five centuries”. (pg. 59) Karl Barth rocked the German theological intelligentsia with an amazing thought:
“[he] asserted the idea, particularly controversial in German theological circles, that God actually exists, and that all theology and biblical scholarship must be undergirded by this basic assumption, and that’s that… Barth would be kicked out of Germany in 1934, and he would become the principal author of the Barmen Declaration, in which the Confessing Church trumpeted its rejection of the Nazis’ attempts to bring their philosophy into the German church.”(pg. 59)
Is is just me or is it almost humorous that something so simple could be so earth-shaking to people whose whole work is to study the Scriptures?
In chapter 4 we also learn of Dietrich’s first love and deep friendship with Elizabeth Zinn.
But you have to read the chapter to find out how that turned out!
Some questions to consider:
What education have you received and how has it prepared you do the work God has for you to do?
Are there more preparations you need to make to serve others effectively?
Are you willing to say God exists even if those in authority over you don’t believe it?
Happy reading and discussing!