Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Van Til says: "Barthianism is not Calvinism"

"Many Reformed people. Christians, people who were Reformed thought:

'here is a wonderful new development. Here is a great modern theologian who is once more receiving the theology of the Reformation and notably the theology of John Calvin'.

On the Other hand, there was a Lutheran who wrote a book on Barth at the beginning who said:

'Well we must have this. This is Calvinism.'

Well it was neither Reformation theology, it was not Calvinism nor was it anything remotely, I shouldn't say resembling it unless alas it does resemble it precisely in terminology and form. But in content... it is man-centered theology. Now that's my thesis with respect to the whole of Barth's development.”

transcribed from this lecture

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