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Karl Barth

Timothy J. Gorringe

Published in print August 1999 | ISBN: 9780198752462
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191695117 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198752462.001.0001

Series: Christian Theology in Context

Karl Barth

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Karl Barth (1886–1968) was the most prolific theologian of the 20th century. Avoiding simple paraphrasing, this book places the theology in its social and political context, from the First World War through to the Cold War by following Barth's intellectual development through the years that saw the rise of national socialism and the development of communism. Barth initiated a theological revolution in his two Commentaries on Romans, begun during the First World War. His attempt to deepen this during the turbulent years of the Weimar Republic made him a focus of theological resistance to Hitler after the rise to power of the Nazi party. Expelled from Germany, he continued to defy fashionable opinion by refusing to condemn communism after the Second World War. Drawing on a German debate largely ignored by Anglo-Saxon theology the book shows that Barth responds to the events of his time not just in his occasional writings, but in his magnum opus, the Church Dogmatics. In conclusion the book asks what this admittedly patriarchal author still has to contribute to contemporary theology, and in particular human liberation.

Keywords: Karl Barth; theology; national socialism; communism; Weimar Republic; Hitler; Germany; Church Dogmatics; human liberation

Book.  328 pages. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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