Church and war in the theology of Karl Barth
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
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.
Karl Barth, war, pacifism
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-93868DOI: 10.5952/54-0-361OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-93868DiVA: diva2:751581
ProjectsChurch, theology, and the liberal nation-state
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, 58-70.2014-10-012014-10-012016-08-29Bibliographically approved