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Karl Barth: A Life in Conflict

Christiane Tietz


From the beginning of his career, Swiss theologian Karl Barth (1886-1968) was often in conflict with the spirit of his times. While during the First World War German poets and philosophers became intoxicated by the experience of community and transcendence, Barth fought against all attempts to locate the divine in culture or individual sentiment. This freed him for a deep worldly engagement: he was known as “the red pastor,” was the primary author of the founding document of the Confessing Church, the Barmen Theological Declaration, and after 1945 protested the rearmament of the Federal Republ ... More

Keywords: Dialectical Theology, Confessing Church, World War I, World War II, National Socialism, Dogmatics, biography, Barth’s personality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198852469
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198852469.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christiane Tietz, author
Professor for Systematic Theology, University of Zurich