The PostBarthian

Wyatt Houtz

Wyatt Houtz after finishing reading Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics (Nov 11, 2016)

The PostBarthian is dedicated to Ecumenical Reformed Theology. Our theology is Reformed because it begins with the works of Reformed theologians such as Karl Barth and Jürgen Moltmann and contemporaries, but it also includes the entire Reformed tradition stretching back to John Calvin, Huldrych Zwingli and Martin Luther. Our theology is also Ecumenical because we learn from theologians and churches outside the Reformed tradition, including Catholic, Orthodox, and Pentecostal—wherever truth is found. The purpose of the PostBarthian is to initiate awareness and spark conversation and share theological ideas, to unify the church and world through our common creed that Jesus is Lord.

Our favorite theologians include (in no particular order) Karl Barth, Jürgen Moltmann, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Karl Rahner, Hans Küng, Rudolf Bultmann, C.H. Dodd, N.T. Wright, James H. Cone, John Calvin, Augustine, Zwingli, and many others.

About Wyatt Houtz      

Wyatt Houtz

Wyatt Houtz is the primary contributor to the PostBarthian. He resides in Woodinville, WA on the east-side of Seattle with his lovely wife, Tracy, and their adorable children: Zoraida, Augustine, and Pascal. Wyatt currently a presbyterian (PCUSA) and is a former Pastor at Mars Hill Church in Seattle (2011-2013) and is a member of the Karl Barth Society of North America (KBSNA)

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  1. Hi Wyatt,

    So nice of you to visit my site! Your post was thoroughly enjoyable, and I look forward to following your posts. I’m just starting to blog more seriously, so there’s a lot I still have to learn. I actually reside in seattle as well, so maybe one day I’ll run into you!

  2. Wyatt
    Thanks for some very helpful information about Calvin and the heliocentric debate of the 16th century. I agree with you that whether or not Calvin was fully abreast of the issues then, his general approach in both Genesis and the Psalter commentaries lends weight to the argument that he certainly wasn’t “anti-scientific” in his understanding of natural revelation.
    Grace and peace,

    • Calvinists were split on the issue of geocentrism vs. heliocentrism, just as Christians have been split over many other questions of biblical interpretation from Genesis to Revelation.

      See,THE CALVINIST COPERNICANS: The Reception of the New Astronomy in the Dutch Republic, 1575- 1750 by Rienk Vermij. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences, 2003; especially Part IV. Biblical Authority and Christian Freedom, that discusses Protestant Resistance to Heliocentrism based on biblical texts. By 1656 Copernicanism became the center of a debate over biblical interpretation that virtually split the Dutch Reformed Church.

      See also

  3. Have you ever thought about going into the PCUSA where your views could be appreciated?

  4. If you are Barthian, the PCA should not permit you membership. Barth was neo-orthodox which is incompatible with the biblical and reformed faith. Does your pastor know about your embracing of Barth?

    • Barth emphatically rejected the label of Neo-Orthodox.

      • Calling Barth “neo-orthodox” is ignorant and idiotic, especially since he began with the biblical and reformed faith. Shame on KB’s reformed brothers and sisters who don’t see him as a kindred spirit and can’t for whatever reason distinguish him from the neo-orthodox (Tillich, Brunner, et al.).

  5. Wyatt just found your website. “Karl Barth’s Letter to Francis Schaeffer” caught my eye on facebook. I am a huge fan of Barth. His work has played a crucial role in rescuing me from fundamentalism.

    I’m from Lake Stevens, WA. It’s nice to read from a fellow Barth fan who is also from my neck of the woods. I’m a pastor in Montana now. Keep it coming bro!

  6. Hi Wyatt,
    Really grateful for your blog, brother. As a younger member of the PCA, I’ve had a polarizing journey wading through the waters of Two Kingdoms Theology to Neo-Kuyperianism but eventually ended up sympathetic to the Barmen Declaration. This year’s election season only confirmed my suspicions of both approaches. Based on your reading of Barth, would you have any recommendations (both primary and secondary sources) to improve my understanding of his political theology? Thanks for all that you do.

    • Lee,

      I thought I responded to this comment, but I guess not! The Barmen Declaration is a superior political statement to kuyper or R2K theologies. It’s somewhat in the middle, as it allows for a particular lordship over the Church and a general lordship over civilization by Jesus Christ. A great book I recommend is Religion, Revolution, and the Future by Jurgen Moltmann.


  7. Wyatt, this is the first I have read of your “about” page. I would say you are fulfilling your mission. I like most of your list of favorite theologians. I would probably not add that last phrase “everyone else.” I do not think you have much appreciation for fundamentalists! It still amazes me that you have personal experience in that part of the country.

  8. You have some great material. However, your print friendly code is decidedly unfriendly.

  9. So you read all of the Church Dogmatics. WOW! I’d love to know how long it took you to finish. Did you read from start to finish or in a different order?

    • I read it out of order, and it took about 5 years. I found CD II/1 and CD II/2 at a used book store. They were expensive, but I read them first. Then I bought the hendrickson set. You can see my book log here: but I read CD II/1, II/2, I/1, I/2, then I bought the T&T clark study edition and read III/1, IV/4, IV/1, started III/4, reread some of I/2, reread some of II/2, IV/2, then III/2, started IV/2, III/3, III/4, finished IV/2, IV/3, then IV/4 christian life.

  10. Thanks. Visited your booklog too. Impressive! I have read II.2 and IV.1 in full. Now I want to read them in order. If it took you 5 years, I dont know how long it’ll take me. I am a slow reader. What I might do is to make a new habit of reading a little Barth everyday. That way I dont need to stop reading other books until I get through the CD’s. So daily dose of Barth CD’s from today!!

    • I read the study editions, so they break up the big volumes in multiple parts, and then I read other books to take a break. It’s a dense but rewarding read! Those two volumes are among the best in the dogmatics. So great choice! Don’t miss CD III/2!

      • I have the study edition plus the old T&T edition. For some strange reason I prefer reading the old edition. I check the study edition when I need the translation. I’m weird I know!

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