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Church and Nation-State: Karl Barth and German Public Theology in the Early 20th Century
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Religious Studies.
2005 (English)In: Ned Geref Teologiese Tydskrif, ISSN 0028-2006, Vol. 46, no 3-4, 511-524 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article deals with “1914” as both a paradigmatic and a normative moment for twentieth century theology. It was the failure of Protestantism, and Protestant public theology, but also of socialism, in the face of nationalism and war, that prompted Karl Barth to develop an alternative theology that came to be the most important alternative to the type of liberal Protestant public theology that dominated at that time and in various forms still dominates. The article describes how people like Ernst Troeltsch, Wilhelm Herrmann, Martin Rade, and Friedrich Naumann inscribed Christian theology into a nationalistic and agonistic socio-political imagination. Responsibility was seen as being responsible to reality so described. The role of this theology in 1914 forced Barth to a radical rethinking. The issue was the nature of reality, what it means to live in a world constituted by Jesus Christ.

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2005. Vol. 46, no 3-4, 511-524 p.
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Karl Barth
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-15601OAI: diva2:155273
Available from: 2008-02-01 Created: 2008-02-01 Last updated: 2011-01-12Bibliographically approved

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