Karl Barth is often considered the greatest Protestant theologian of the 20th Century. His influence reached well past the world of academia into the pastorate and everyday life. Barth is absolutely one of my favorite theologians. If there was a fantasy draft for theologians, he would definitely go as a top ten pick. He’s sort of like the Adrian Peterson of theologians.
I am a nerd.
When my wife and I had our son Patirck, we began signing to him before bedtime. Because of my great love for Barth and his work, I sing Patrick a summary of all Barth’s theology before he falls asleep. I am dead serious.
Barth wrote extensively, but is greatest and most expansive work is probably his Church Dogmatics. His Dogmatics contains over six million words and over eight thousand pages of theological work. And it wasn’t even completed!
When asked in an interview how he would summarize all of the theology he had worked on, all the millions of words he had penned on the nature of God, when asked what it was all about, Barth replied by quoting the well known Christian hymn:
“Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so.”
There is plenty to say about God, plenty to discover in our journey with him, but one of the great beauties I see in an infinite God who surpasses my understanding is his accessibility to everyone, of every age, everywhere.
At the end of the day, might we remember, “Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so.”
And that is what we sing to Patrick.
This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. John 3:16