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date: 30 May 2020

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Karl Barth was keenly interested in politics throughout his life. This chapter suggests that the implications of this interest for his theology were fourfold. It contends (a) that Barth’s theology functioned as an ideology critique of all forms of nationalism, militarism, and capitalism; (b) that his later work anticipated Walter Wink in developing a critique of ‘the lordless powers’ which oppose the God of life; (c) that his understanding of creation as grace underwrites a response to the current transgression of planetary boundaries and suggests an ecological theology; and (d) that his theology of reconciliation be understood as a theology of human freedom-in-community.

Keywords: Christ, crisis, election, freedom, grace, idolatry, lordless powers, politics, reconciliation Scripture

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