For instance, he completely missed the meaning of Melanchthon’s “hoc est Christum cognoscere beneficia eius cognoscere”.
The only way Barth could assert what he asserted is if he wasn’t a clear thinker or understanding reader. But Barth was not always a clear thinker.
Bottom line- he was a draft dodger and the German State had no interest in his presence. It seems the apple doesn’t fall far from the proverbial tree does it.
“God is not at the disposal of a seeing that is outside of God, for there is no outside of God. Thus, seeing God cannot be objective. Any seeing of God that would be interested only in the seeing would not be a seeing of God; for a seeing of God that did not see God’s significance, and specifically God’s significance for me as the one doing the seeing, would not be a seeing of God, who cannot be seen at all except as the one who demands and judges, gives and shows mercy, precisely in relation to me” (Bultmann)