Barth vs. Brunner on the virgin birth.
In The Work of Christ G. C. Berkouwer details the discussion between Emil Brunner and Karl Barth about the virgin birth. So we get into some heavy Christmas theology.
Beginning in the 1920s, Brunner called for reform of the creedal understanding that Jesus “was born of the Virgin Mary.” Brunner was not a liberal in the school of Schleiermacher nor was he a follower of Bultman. So his opposition to the virgin birth was not based on the idea that it was a superstitious doctrine enmeshed in a the mythical notion of a “three-decker universe” with earth sandwiched between heaven and hell. The liberals and the Bultmanians claimed that Christianity had to be adapted to scientific-minded modern thought. So the virgin birth had to go.
Brunner’s problem was different. He did not attack the incarnation itself as incompatible with a modern world-view. Rather, he gave faith-based reasons to reject the doctrine…
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