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date: 30 May 2020

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The struggle with modernity is a characteristic feature of Barth’s theology throughout his career. Because of the moral failure of his ‘liberal’ teachers in the First World War, Barth came to insist that Christian theology be based on a transparent epistemology, and that theory and practice be integrated. From 1915, Barth developed an avant-garde dialectical theology, initially in a neo-idealistic and expressionistic manner, with an implicit methodology, and later in an academic manner, with an explicit methodology. The result of this endeavour was an interpretation of God’s acting in the world through a (dialectically conceived) church.

Keywords: autonomy, avant-gardism, conservative revolution, epistemology, expressionism, freedom, kairos, neo-Kantianism, political theatre

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