Reading Paul Amidst and After the Great War

Kenneth Oakes

in Karl Barth on Theology and Philosophy

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199661169
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745577 | DOI:
Reading Paul Amidst and After the Great War

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The main focus of Chapter Two is Barth’s 1919 and 1922 commentaries on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. In addition to providing some historical background to the commentaries, this chapter follows the ‘correspondence’ thesis regarding theology and philosophy in both commentaries. Equally, Barth’s use of different philosophers and philosophical works within the commentaries is discussed. Attention is given to Barth’s positive views of Socrates, Plato (in particular his comparisons of Socrates and Plato to Old Testament prophets), and Kant. The chapter closes with an overview of the reception of Barth’s commentaries among philosophers, especially Martin Heidegger and Martin Buber.

Keywords: Barth; Paul; Romans; theology and philosophy; correspondence; Socrates; Plato; Kant; Heidegger; Buber

Chapter.  14384 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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