People of Barth,
I have had this nagging question that I am hoping some of you can help resolve. I am well aware of Barth’s rejection of the ontological reality of satan & the demonic. However, it seems clear that Jesus very much believed in the reality of satan & demons, probably more so than most of us are comfortable admitting. In fact, from both liberal and conservative protestants come the persuasive argument that “spiritual warfare” was Jesus’ primary earthly ministerial activity. So, the question:
How can Barth be committed to a Christocentric reading of scripture/understanding of revelation, and deny the ontological existence of satan & demons?
This is one of my main issues with Barth, & I look forward to everyone’s responses.