Bruce McCormack on Why Barth is Orthodox and Modern: 2nd Part on Orthodox
Now we come to the subject on why McCormack thinks Barth is orthodox. First, I should add that McCormack's view does not fit under the stereotypical view of some kind of neo-orthodoxy to describe Barth's position.
Instead Barth is positioned as a child of the Protestant Reformation (specifically the Reformed position). That means that Scripture is authoritative for him and the creeds and church confessions are helpful guides to understanding theology not as universally binding. However, our understanding of Scripture is not fixed and so we must continually go to the Bible to be challenged theologically by it. McCormack writes: "Orthodoxy is not therefore a static, fixed reality; it is a body of teachings which have arisen out of, and belong to, a history which is as yet incomplete and constantly in need of reevaluation." As McCormack also points out, this understanding of dogma is eschatological.
All in all, Barth is a theologian who struggled to understand the Orthodox-Reformed tradition in the modern era. Unlike some of his contemporaries who abandoned the classical Christian tradition, Barth attempted to read it again in the present; by doing this he taught us a method as we try to understand the Christian tradition anew.