Karl Barth and Neo-Orthodoxy

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Karl Barth and Neo-Orthodoxy


Number of Lessons: 24Avg. Lesson Length: 26 MinutesTime Required: 21 Hours MinimumLevel: Advanced


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.

This course is part of our Legacy Series of courses from renowned scholars over several decades.


ProfessorLubbertus Oostendorp, ThD (1912-1992)
  • Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, ThD
  • Princeton Theological Seminary, ThM
  • Calvin Theological Seminary, MDiv
  • Calvin College, AB


  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.


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