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Barth on the Word and Scripture

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Karl_Barth_1167312313122810For Barth, the Word of God (i.e., the event of God’s self-revelation) is always a new work, a free decision of God that cannot be bound to a creaturely form of mediation, including Scripture. This Word never belongs to history but is always an eternal event that confronts us in our contemporary existence.

‘If therefore we are serious about the fact that this miracle is an event,’ Barth writes, ‘we cannot regard the presence of God’s Word in the Bible as an attribute inhering once and for all in this book as such and what we see before us of books and chapters and verses’” - Michael Horton The Christian Faith

Barth is undeniably fascinating, but I’m never quite sure what to do with his work. For those of you who have engaged with his theology, does Horton’s summary of Barth's view of revelation in Scripture seem to get at the main thrust of his argument there? 

If so, what does it look like, 'on the ground' as it were, to approach Scripture through a Barthian model?

Any thoughts or feedback would be appreciated, particularly since Barth seems so often to be the odd man out who fits nobody's side in recent discussions I’ve had.

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