Too Christocentric?

One of the critiques of Karl Barth’s theology is that he is too Christocentric. These arguments are not without merit. Barth interprets everything in the Bible in light of the radical event of Jesus Christ. I mean, absolutely everything. Is it possible to be too Christocentric? Barth’s detractors would shout, “YES!” But at the same time, it is Christianity. Our entire faith system is shaped by this event, the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. We would have no faith without this figure. Instead of further delving into that topic though, I want to go in a different direction. When thinking about Jesus, can we be too incarnational? Can we focus too much attention on his crucifixion? On his resurrection? On his ascension? (Oh wait, nobody does that last one). Should there be a proper balance to these aspects? Or does one deserve more attention than the others? The apostle Paul puts the emphasis on the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15, his classic account of the gospel. Does the resurrection deserve more weight than the crucifixion? More questions than answers.

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