Barth, Karl (1886-1968)
Swiss Protestant pastor and professor, widely regarded as the greatest
Christian theologian of the twentieth century.
He criticized the anthropocentrism of liberal theologians such as
Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834), opposed Nazi ideology, and rejected
natural theology. Throughout his many
publications and, especially, in his multi-volume Church Dogmatics, Barth retrieved and reinterpreted the
Reformed emphasis upon the triumphant grace of the Word of God by way of the
concrete event of Jesus Christ as he is received in faith through the biblical
witness and preached in the ecumenical Church.
Contributed by: Marty Maddox/CTNS
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