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Karl Barth - Prophet of a New Christianity

Wilhelm Pauck

Published March 1st 2007
ISBN : 9781406727012
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236 pages
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KARL BARTH Prophet of a New Christianity by WILHELM PAUCK Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at the Chicago. Theological Seminary 1931 HARPER e BROTHERS PUBLISHERS York and KARL B ARTH Copyright, tg tj Harper Brothers Printed in theMoreKARL BARTH Prophet of a New Christianity by WILHELM PAUCK Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at the Chicago. Theological Seminary 1931 HARPER e BROTHERS PUBLISHERS York and KARL B ARTH Copyright, tg tj Harper Brothers Printed in the PREFACE THE name of Karl Earth seems to stand for the beginning of a new era in theology. The entire Protes tant world Is attending to his religious thought. For more than ten years, theological literature has been filled with discussions of Barthianism. The number of its critics is not small, but its followers are constantly growing in power. The younger generation of Ger man theologians are thoroughly oriented to the writ ings of Barth and his friends. Protestants of America and Great Britain show an increasing interest in the religious discussions of the European continent, and the translations and expositions of the Barthian theol ogy, which have appeared in recent years, have not satisfied their demand for information about it. This book has been written in answer to this need. As an essay in understanding, it is submitted to all who are interested in Barth. An attempt has been made to in terpret his theology against the background of the his tory of modern religious thought since Schleiermacher and in relation to the religious mood of the present day. It is not for me to say whether I have succeeded in such an endeavor. I tell my readers, however, that even after the completion of this study, I am unable to de clare myself either wholly for or against Barth. The inner struggle which has accompanied the writing of VI PREFACE this book lias not yet come to an end The word crisis which is so closely connected with Barthian theology is ofgreat personal significance to me and, I suppose, to many another member of the younger generation. A list of Earths publications is given in the Appen dix There, too, all footnote references have been gath ered in order to facilitate the reading of the text itself, and in view of the fact that they will be of interest chiefly to those who wish to study Earths work in its original context. All quotations from Earths writing, as presented in the text, are translated from the original German. Passages from Douglas Hortons translation of Das Wort Gottes nnd die Theologie see particularly pp. 56, 8 1 ff., have been used with the kind permission of Mr. Sidney A. Weston. To my friend Douglas Horton, who has the honor of having introduced Earth to American readers, I am deeply indebted for the painstaking care with which he has read the manuscript, W PAUCK, CONTENTS PREFACE I. THE PROBLEMS OF THE MODERN CHURCH 3 II. THE THEOLOGICAL BACKGROUND OF BARTHIANISM ........ 22 m. THE BEGINNING OF THE THEOLOGY OF CRISIS . ...... 41 IV THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE DIALECTICAL THEOLOGY . ..... . 64 V. BARTH S CONCEPTION OF CHRISTIANITY IO2 VI, BARTHIANISM AS A NEW THEOLOGY PRINCIPLES, ....., .. 136 VII. BARTHIANISM AS A NEW THEOLOGY THE DOGMATIC SYSTEM, . . . . 1 74 vii yiii CONTENTS VIIL CONCLUSION 2x3 APPENDIX 221 INDEX XAKX, BARTBC Prophet of a New Christianity I THE PROBLEMS OF THE MODERN CHURCH MODERN Protestantism Is activity itself. It contin ues its work in missions, steadily changing its methods to adjust itself to new conditions at home and abroad. It busies itself in the field of social ethics, keeping an attentive eye upon all changes in modern society. It develops various techniques in religiouseducation. The aggressive, adaptive Protestant mind continues the plowing and tilling of all its fields. But are these activities of the church grounded in a clear impulse and are they directed by a definite vision of a goal Do the missionary bodies still know for what purpose they are engaged in missions They say that their policy is one of sharing partnership. Some times they admit that they can no longer go among the heathen as ambassadors of the truth...