Thursday, 1 September 2011

The difference between the Christian doctrine of creation and every conceivable world-view

Volume 3, paragraph 42, end of section 1, which is entitled Creation as Benefit. Barth states that the doctrine of creation is not a world-view. This is because, according to Barth, in the two cases "the objects as well as the grounds of knowledge are different." Theology is concerned with revelation but world-views are concerned with "such apprehension of the cosmos as is possible to unaided reason,".

He then lists implications of this for the doctrine of creation, including these four: 1. It cannot itself become a world-view. 2. It cannot base itself on any world-view. 3. It cannot guarantee any world-view. 4. It cannot come to terms with these views.