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Barth, Karl (1886–1968)

  1. Keith L. Johnson

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0127

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Johnson, K. L. 2011. Barth, Karl (1886–1968). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


The Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth was arguably the most influential theologian of the 20th century. After studying in Germany with many of the leading figures in Protestant liberalism of the day, Barth began his career as a pastor in Switzerland. The outbreak of World War I shortly afterwards led him to a personal crisis, when many of his former teachers endorsed the war policies of the German Kaiser Wilhelm. Barth responded by moving away from his teachers and rediscovering the “strange, new world” of the Bible.


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