Barth on Domesticating The Wild Word (Willimon)

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Building on a few earlier posts from this book (William Willimon, Conversations with Barth on Preaching [Nashville: Abingdon, 2006]), here is another Barthian theme that throws the furniture around.

“The domesticating of revelation… [is] the process of making the gospel respectable.  When the gospel is offered to man and he stretches out his hand to receive it and takes it into his hand, an acute danger arises which is greater than the danger that he may not understand it and angrily reject it.  The danger is that he may accept it and peacefully and at once make himself its lord and possessor, thus rendering it innocuous, making that which chooses him something which he himself has chosen, which therefore comes to stand as such alongside all the other things that he can also choose, and therefore control” (p. 181).

He nailed it.

Willimon capitalizes on this often, which is one of the things that makes Willimon worth reading.

shane lems

sunnyside wa