- Copyright page
- List of Abbreviations
- List of Contributors
- Intellectual and Personal Biography I: The Young Barth (1886–1921)
- Intellectual and Personal Biography II: Barth in Germany (1921–1935)
- Intellectual and Personal Biography III: Barth the Elder (1935–1968)
- The Tasks of Theology
- Revelation and Scripture
- Jesus Christ
- The Spirit
- Sin and Evil
- Human Being
- Christian Life
- Justification, Sanctification, Vocation
- Barth and the Racial Imaginary
- Barth and Modern Moral Philosophy
- Barth and Gender
- Barth and Public Life
- Barth and Hermeneutics
- Barth and Preaching
- Barth and Environmental Theology
- Barth and Culture
- Barth and Judaism
- Barth, Religion, and the Religions
- Barth and Contemporary Protestant Theology
- Barth and Roman Catholic Theology
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter recounts the path of Barth’s life between 1921 and 1935. It first reflects on how the second edition of Barth’s commentary on Romans precipitated a widespread movement of thought called dialectical theology, which led in turn to Barth’s move from the pastorate in Switzerland to a chair in Göttingen as Professor of Reformed Theology. The chapter next explores Barth’s time as Professor of Dogmatics and New Testament Exegesis in Münster (1925–1930), at which time contact with Roman Catholic theologians became important for the development of his thought. Barth’s appointment at the University of Bonn in 1930 marks the third phase of the chapter, which considers the beginnings of Barth’s great work—Church Dogmatics—and Barth’s intensive engagement with the writings of Anselm of Canterbury. Finally, the chapter details Barth’s involvement in addressing the problems and failures of the Protestant churches in Germany following Hitler’s seizure of power in 1933, his work in helping to establish the Confessing Church, and his role in the composition of the Theological Declaration of Barmen in 1934.
Frank Jehle is Chaplain and Associate Lecturer at the University of St. Gallen emeritus. He is the author of Ever Against the Stream: The Politics of Karl Barth, 1906–1968 (1999; ET 2002) and the biographer of Emil Brunner, Emil Brunner: Theologe im 20. Jahrhundert (2006). For seven years he was a preacher on Radio Switzerland, and many of his sermons have appeared in collections: Bei offenen Kirchenfestern (2008), Weihnachten mit Caravaggio (2013), and Das Opfer Abrahams (2017). A further recent publication is Von Johannes auf Patmos bis zu Karl Barth: Theologische Arbeiten aus zwei Jahrzehnten (2015). He served his church as a Member and then as President of the Synod, and he was a Member and then co-President for eleven years of the Evangelisch/Römisch-katholische Gesprächskommission der Schweiz (Swiss Protestant/Roman Catholic Commission for Dialogue).
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