Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Church and war in the theology of Karl Barth
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
2013 (English)In: Nederduitse Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif, ISSN 0028-2006, E-ISSN 2226-2385, Vol. 54, no S 5, 254-263 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The issues around church and war followed Karl barth during his whole career. His most extensive and systematic discussions of war are found in the Church Dogmatics. Here he questions the naturalness of war and develops a theologically motivated understanding of the practical primacy of pacifism for the disciples of Christ. However, his discussion of possible exceptions qualifies the main line of his argument to such an extent that the latter loses most of its content. His practical imagination was shaped by established semi-national churches and by his native Switzerland. This disjunction between his central theological account and his practical reasoning helps explain why his thoughts on war have been used by proponents of radically different positions. What is lacking is a display of the sort of church life and practice this kind of thinking presupposes. This is true whether one emphasises the main pacifist argument or develops barth’s thought in the direction of the just war tradition.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stellenbosch University , 2013. Vol. 54, no S 5, 254-263 p.
Keyword [en]
Karl Barth, war, pacifism
National Category
Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-93868DOI: 10.5952/54-0-361OAI: diva2:751581
Church, theology, and the liberal nation-state

Supplement 5

Också publicerad som "Church and War in the Theology of Karl Barth", in Living Theology - Essays presented to Dirk J. Smit on His Sixtieth Birthday (eds. Len Hansen, Nico Koopman, and Robert Vosloo), Wellington (South Africa): Bible Media, 2011, 58-70.

Available from: 2014-10-01 Created: 2014-10-01 Last updated: 2016-08-29Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full textURL

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Rasmusson, Arne
By organisation
Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies
In the same journal
Nederduitse Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif
Religious Studies

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 11 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link