Karl Barth and Neo-Orthodoxy

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Level: AdvancedNumber of Lessons: 24Avg. Length: 26 Min.Time Required: 21 Hours MinimumCourse Code: CH512

Through the years, the church has been greatly influenced by theologians. Augustine shaped the church’s understanding of orthodoxy. Aquinas brought philosophy and theology together. Luther reclaimed salvation by faith alone; and Calvin reminded believers of God’s sovereignty over all things. In a postmodern world, the church continues the process of knowing God in the wake of the teachings of Karl Barth. In this course, Dr. Lubbertus Oostendorp explores the impact of Barth’s influence on Neo-Orthodoxy. Developed shortly after the Age of Enlightenment, Neo-Orthodoxy provided the springboard for today’s theologians as believers seek to be both biblically true and culturally relevant.

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  1. Define and explain Neo-Orthodoxy.
  2. Understand Karl Barth’s teachings in Church Dogmatics and other notable works.
  3. Explain the controversy and objections to Barth and his works.
  4. Identify the theological, philosophical, and existential aspects of Neo-Orthodoxy.
  5. Explain the spiritual and intellectual influence of Barth on the church today.
  6. Obtain an in-depth knowledge of available bibliography including the original sources.
Lubbertus Oostendorp, ThD (1912-1992)
  • Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, ThD
  • Princeton Theological Seminary, ThM
  • Calvin Theological Seminary, MDiv
  • Calvin College, AB

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Lesson One
Lesson Two
Lesson Three
Lesson Four
Lesson Five
Lesson Six
Lesson Seven
Lesson Eight
Lesson Nine
Lesson Ten
Lesson Eleven
Lesson Twelve
Lesson Thirteen
Lesson Fourteen
Lesson Fifteen
Lesson Sixteen
Lesson Seventeen
Lesson Eighteen
Lesson Nineteen
Lesson Twenty
Lesson Twenty-One
Lesson Twenty-Two
Lesson Twenty-Three
Lesson Twenty-Four
Course Wrap-Up

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