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date: 02 December 2020

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Karl Barth has often been seen as the arch-enemy of liberal theology. Closer attention, however, reveals a constant concern to nuance his understanding of key liberal thinkers—even to the point where Barth claimed, towards the end of his life, to be himself a liberal theologian. But what does it mean to be a liberal theologian? What are the key markers of theological liberalism, and is that tradition homogeneous? This chapter addresses these questions and considers the ways that Barth cannot be said to have been either simply ‘anti-liberal’ or straight-forwardly a direct heir of modern liberal theology.

Keywords: Albrecht Ritschl, authority, autonomy, freedom, God, liberalism, modernity, reason, subjectivity

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