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To set the context of Barth’s term “gourmet theologians” I thought I better give just a bit of context:

The external growth of the book is also connected with my desire to give more space to an indication of the biblico-theological pre-suppositions and the historico-dogmatic and polemical relations of my statements.  I have condensed all these things into the interposed sections in small print, and have so arranged the dogmatic presentation that non-theologians especially may read connectedly even though they skip these small print sections.  Do I have to ask gourmet theologians not to read these sections alone?  At a pinch, though only at a pinch, the text can be understood without them, but not vice versa. (CD I.1 p.xii)

I sure hope this isn’t me.  Though I’m pretty sure it is not as I’m the one who reads the footnotes, end-notes, preface, Latin, German, gibberish, or whatever else seems to be crammed between the pages of a book I’ve happened to choose to read.  So what IS a “gourmet theologian” you may be wondering?  It is one who simply picks and choose morsels and seasonings from this and that, but does not allow for the full stink aroma of every single piece of slop that happened to fall into intentionally chosen nuggets of theological insight stewed to perfection.  Come now everyone…let’s not be snobbish with upturned noses…you know you want to savor every scrumptious scrap of our beloved Barth (even the parts I’m not sure he understood).

In a related matter (or at least I wish it was), I was considering yesterday what it would be like to make the fresh (like the  eleven year old Dietrich referred to the swine that was slaughtered that very day)  sausage soup accompanied by “a roast of veal [brought by an auntie]…vegetables, asparagus, and carrots; then there were wonderful preserves and coffee” that the young Bonhoeffer mentions in a letter to his paternal Grandmother Julie Bonhoeffer dated January 23, 1918.  In the evening he writes that they followed their meal with music and dancing (something he seems to have enjoyed well into adulthood) and a dessert of tea and cheesecake (my favorite dessert).  “Beside all this, there was a very good wine, of which everyone was served quite a lot” (DBWE9 pp.19, 20).  Now that is some “gourmet theology” that sounds truly scrumptious…mmmm…anyone for a delightful “theological” dinner.

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