Reading Karl Barth



A great place to start your investigation of Barth's Church Dogmatics is a post titled "Reading Karl Barth: Church Dogmatics" by Kerry Magruder. It covers such topics as why read the Church Dogmatics, which edition to purchase, the overall structure of the CD, and an outline of the great work.

I am reading and blogging through the Church Dogmatics in as short a time as my ministry and research will allow. Of course, it is most profitable to read at a pace where Barth can be absorbed and mulled over. That being said, I do have time to read as a part of my ministry, so I'm committing to reading the Church Dogmatics in under two years. Linked below is a record of what I've read so far. Note, the page numbers are in the new study edition of the Church Dogmatics. I read the study edition in my Logos bible software.

Reading Plan

CD I,1 - The Doctrine of the Word of God (Part 1)

1.1 §1 "The Task of Dogmatics" pp. 1-24
1.1 §2 "The Task of Prolegomena to Dogmatics" pp. 25-44
1.1 §3.1 "Talk About God and Church Proclamation" pp. 47-71
1.1 §3.2-4.1 "The Word of God In Its Threefold Form" pp. 71-99
1.1 §4.2-4.4 "The Word of God In Its Threefold Form" pp. 99-124
1.1 §5.1-5.3 "The Nature of the Word of God" pp. 125-162
1.1 §5.4-6.2 "The Nature of the Word of God" pp. 162-198
1.1 §6.3 "The Word of God and Experience" pp. 198-227
1.1 §6.4 "The Word of God and Faith" pp. 227-247
1.1 §7.1 "The Word of God, Dogma, and Dogmatics" pp. 248-275
1.1 §7.2-7.3 "The Word of God, Dogma, and Dogmatics" pp. 275-292
1.1 §8.1-8.2 "The Revelation of God" pp. 295-333
1.1 §8.3 "Vestigium Trinitatis" pp. 333-347
1.1 §9.1 "Unity in Trinity" pp. 348-353
1.1 §9.2 "Trinity in Unity" pp. 353-368
1.1 §9.3 "Triunity" pp. 368-375
1.1 §9.4 "The Meaning of the Doctrine of the Trinity" pp. 375-383
1.1 §10.1 "God as Creator" pp. 384-390
1.1 §10.2 "The Eternal Father" pp. 390-398
1.1 §11.1 "God as Reconciler" pp. 399-414
1.1 §11.2 "The Eternal Son" pp. 414-447
1.1 §12.1 "God as Redeemer" pp. 448-466
1.1 §12.2 "The Eternal Spirit" pp. 466-489

CD I,2 - The Doctrine of the Word of God (Part 2)

1.2 §13.1 "Jesus Christ the Objective Reality of Revelation" pp. 1-25
1.2 §13.2 "Jesus Christ the Objective Possibility of Revelation" pp. 25-44
1.2 §14.1 "God's Time and Our Time" pp. 45-70
1.2 §14.2 "The Time of Expectation" pp. 70-101
1.2 §14.3 "The Time of Recollection" pp. 101-121
1.2 §15.1 "The Problem of Christology" pp. 122-132
1.2 §15.2.1 "Very God and Very Man (Part 1)" pp.132-146
1.2 §15.2.2 "Very God and Very Man (Part 2)" pp. 147-159
1.2 §15.2.3 "Very God and Very Man (Part 3)" pp. 159-171
1.2 §15.3 "The Miracle of Christmas" pp. 172-202
1.2 §16.1 "The Holy Spirit the Subjective Reality of Revelation" pp. 203-242
1.2 §16.2 "The Holy Spirit the Subjective Possibility of Revelation" pp. 242-279
1.2 §17.1 "The Problem of Religion in Theology" pp. 280-297
1.2 §17.2 "Religion as Unbelief" pp. 297-325
1.2 §17.3 "True Religion" pp. 325-361
1.2 §18.1 "Man as a Doer of the Word" pp. 362-371
1.2 §18.2 "The Love of God" pp. 371-401
1.2 §18.3 "The Praise of God" pp. 401-454
1.2 §19.1 "Scripture as a Witness to Divine Revelation" pp. 457-472
1.2 §19.2 "Scripture as the Word of God" pp. 473-537
1.2 §20.1 "The Authority of the Word" pp. 538-585
1.2 §20.2 "Authority Under the Word" pp. 585-660 (Part 1)
1.2 §20.2 "Authority Under the Word" pp. 585-660 (Part 2)
1.2 §20.2 "Authority Under the Word" pp. 585-660 (Part 3)
1.2 §21.1 "The Freedom of the Word" pp. 661-695
1.2 §21.2 "Freedom Under the Word: pp. 695-740
1.2 §22.1 "The Word of God and the Word of Man in Christian Preaching" pp. 743-758
1.2 §22.2 "Pure Doctrine as the Problem of Dogmatics" pp. 758-782
1.2 §22.3 "Dogmatics as Ethics" pp. 782-796
1.2 §23.1 "The Formal Task of Dogmatics" pp. 797-812
1.2 §23.2 "The Dogmatic Norm" pp. 812-843
1.2 §24.1 "The Material Task of Dogmatics" pp. 844-853
1.2 §24.2 "The Dogmatic Method" pp. 853-884

CD II,1 - The Doctrine of God (Part 1)

2.1 §25.1 "Man Before God" pp. 3-32
2.1 §25.2 "God Before Man" pp. 31-62
2.1 §26.1 "The Readiness of God" pp. 63-128 (Part 1)
2.1 §26.1 "The Readiness of God" pp. 63-128 (Part 2)
2.1 §26.2 "The Readiness of Man" pp. 128-178 (Part 1)
2.1 §26.2 "The Readiness of Man" pp. 128-178 (Part 2)
2.1 §27.1 "The Hiddenness of God" pp. 179-204
2.1 §27.2 "The Veracity of Man's Knowledge of God" pp. 204-254 (Part 1)
2.1 §27.2 "The Veracity of Man's Knowledge of God" pp. 204-254 (Part 2)
2.1 §28.1 "The Being of God in Act" pp. 257-272
2.1 §28.2 "The Being of God as the One Who Loves" pp. 272-297
2.1 §28.3 "The Being of God in Freedom" pp. 297-321
2.1 §29 "The Perfections of God" pp. 322-350
2.1 §30.1 "The Grace and Holiness of God" pp. 351-368
2.1 §30.2 "The Mercy and Righteousness of God" pp. 368-406
2.1 §30.3 "The Patience and Wisdom of God" pp. 406-440
2.1 §31.1 "The Unity and Omnipresence of God" pp. 440-490 (Part 1)
2.1 §31.1 "The Unity and Omnipresence of God" pp. 440-490 (Part 2)
2.1 §31.2 "The Constancy and Omnipotence of God" pp. 490-607 (Part 1)
2.1 §31.2 "The Constancy and Omnipotence of God" pp. 490-607 (Part 2)
2.1 §31.2 "The Constancy and Omnipotence of God" pp. 490-607 (Part 3)
2.1 §31.3 "The Eternity and Glory of God" pp. 608-677 (Part 1)
2.1 §31.3 "The Eternity and Glory of God" pp. 608-677 (Part 2)

CD II,2 - The Doctrine of God (Part 2)

2.2 §32.1 "The Orientation of the Doctrine [of the Election of Grace]" pp. 3-34
2.2 §32.2 "The Foundation of the Doctrine [of the Election of Grace]" pp. 34-76
2.2 §32.3 "The Place of the Doctrine in Dogmatics" pp. 76-93
2.2 §33.1 "Jesus Christ, Electing and Elected" pp. 94-145
2.2 §33.2 "The Eternal Will of God in the Election of Jesus Christ" pp. 145-194
2.2 §34.1 "Israel and the Church" pp. 195-205
2.2 §34.2 "The Judgement and the Mercy of God" pp. 205-233
2.2 §34.3 "The Promise of God Heard and Believed" pp. 233-259
2.2 §34.4 "The Passing and The Coming Man" pp. 259-305
2.2 §35.1 "Jesus Christ, the Promise and Its Recipient" pp. 306-340
2.2 §35.2 "The Elect and the Rejected" pp. 340-409
2.2 §35.3 "The Determination of the Elect" pp. 410-450
2.2 §35.4 "The Determination of the Rejected" pp. 450-506
2.2 §36.1 "The Command of God and the Ethical Problem" pp. 509-542
2.2 §36.2 "The Way of Theological Ethics" pp. 543-551
2.2 §37.1 "The Basis of the Divine Claim" pp. 552-565
2.2 §37.2 "The Content of the Divine Claim" pp. 566-583
2.2 §37.3 "The Form of the Divine Claim" pp. 583-630
2.2 §38.1 "The Sovereignty of the Divine Decision" pp. 631-661
2.2 §38.2 "The Definiteness of the Divine Decision" pp. 661-708
2.2 §38.3 "The Goodness of the Divine Decision" pp. 708-732
2.2 §39.1 "The Presupposition of the Divine Judgement" pp. 733-741
2.2 §39.2 "The Execution of the Divine Judgment" pp. 742-763
2.2 §39.3 "The Purpose of the Divine Judgment" pp. 764-781

CD III,1 - The Doctrine of Creation (Part 1)