Karl Barth on Feminine Divinity

Karl Barth was one of the foremost theologians of the 20th Century


Karl Barth (1886-1968) was very critical of the entire history of the doctrine of the image of God in man. Barth complained that little attention had been given to what Scripture actually says when it speaks of man created in the image of God. In Gen. 1:26-27 (cf. 5:1-2), as Barth notes, God deliberately speaks of himself in the plural as creating man who is likewise plural as male and female. The image of God should best be seen as the relational or social nature of human life as God created us. That both male and female together are created in his image signals the relational meaning of the image of God in man.


Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, trans. G. Bromiley (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1960), III.2