The Flaws Of Karl Barth

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Regarded as one of the most influential theological thinkers of the twentieth century, Karl Barth spent a lifetime on taking a closer look at the values of the Christian Church and rewriting, quite literally, the flaws that he found. Karl Barth, a Protestant theologian, was born on May 10, 1886 in Basel, Switzerland. Notably, his father Fritz Barth was a New Testament and early church history professor at the university in Bern, which shows that he had an early exposure and close connection with religious studies. Barth was educated at “universities of Bern, Berlin, Tubingen, and Marburg.” (Torrance). His start in theology was sparked by liberal theologian Adolf von Harnack, whom he attended a seminar for. Others who inspired Barth include Wilhelm Herrmann and Friedrich Schleiermacher. After going through his education, he spent 10 years (Torrance) as “a Swiss Reformed pastor in the town of Safenwil” (Crownfield 29).
The time that Karl Barth spent in Safenwil had a profound impact on him World War I had engulfed Europe around the same time that he had taken up residence and became aware of the conflict between the parish and the local authorities. He was “baffled by the role of Christian pastor… and discontented with a religious liberalism that had easily surrendered to the militaristic nationalisms of the war.” (Crownfield 30) This and the disasters of World War I’s Nazi Germany made him question Liberal Christianity and the religious ethics that were being manipulated

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