In this year, 500 years after Luther’s theses, I am trying to understand him and especially grace, principally in St Paul’s Letters. So I am reading now about Karl Barth, the most important (perhaps) Protestant theologian of the 20th century, whose views were based on Luther’s beliefs.
Barth’s main idea (I think) is that we should look at our religion from God’s views not from human values.as there is a complete qualitative distinction between God and humans.
To date to grasp the idea of God, his grace and justice, I consider God as a good and kind humans father, only more so. So I expect him to act as a kindly parent and hence not condemn and help everyone. But Barth says this is an incorrect approach, God should be seen in his terms, we cannot understand him on our own, we need him to reveal himself to us, and hence gain some understanding. From our point of view God is unknowable.
So we cannot judge God, we can only accept him and his ways. Trying to reconcile his love, mercy, justice and condemnations is futile.
Is this what Barth taught, and is it not in conflict with Catholicism?