Barth's Third Prolegomenon

Kenneth Oakes

in Karl Barth on Theology and Philosophy

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199661169
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745577 | DOI:
Barth's Third Prolegomenon

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The relationship between theology and philosophy in Barth’s third theological prolegomena, Church Dogmatics I, is the focus of Chapter Five. The first half of the chapter is a presentation and analysis of Barth’s attempt in Church Dogmatics I/1 to establish both the independence of theology and its relationship to other disciplines through labeling theology a ‘science.’ One can see in this work that Barth stresses the independence of theology to such an degree that the correspondence thesis is left to atrophy. A response is then offered to Milbank’s criticisms of Barth’s understanding of theology and philosophy. The second half of the chapter deals with Barth’s account of the relationship between philosophy and biblical interpretation in Church Dogmatics I/2 and his further interactions with Bultmann over philosophy and biblical interpretation. It also covers Barth’s response to the rise of the National Socialist Party in Germany and Barth’s reception amongst philosophers as a critic of the Nazis, especially the common comparisons between Barth’s and Heidegger’s different responses to the Nationalist Socialist Party.

Keywords: Barth; theology and philosophy; science; independence; correspondence; Bultmann; Milbank; Heidegger; biblical interpretation; nazis

Chapter.  15101 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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