Here are some quality reflections from my new friend Dave Duncombe!
Barth on Freedom in the Spirit
Karl Barth was a neo-orthodox thinker who, in response to rampant liberalism, integrated existential thought with Christian theology in order to create a new dynamism in Christian thought and life. His pneumatology emphasizes the Holy Spirit’s role in the individual believer as the source of divine love, hope, and faith. In this week’s readings, I was particularly interested in Barth’s observation that the Spirit is the Christian’s source of freedom or liberty. As Barth puts it, “…the Spirit, working in the ambiance of divine freedom, creates human freedom.” (Barth, Evangelical Theology)
According to Barth, we experience freedom in the Spirit in various ways. First, we are freed from bondage to human religion: “Woe be to us, if from the summits of religion there pours forth nothing but religion! Religion casts us into the deepest of all prisons: it cannot liberate us. Flesh is…
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