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“The Christian in society”: Reading Barth’s Tambach lecture (1919) in its German context

J.N.J. Kritzinger

HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies; Vol 63, No 4 (2007), 1663-1690. doi: 10.4102/hts.v63i4.259

Submitted: 07 May 2007
Published:  07 May 2007

Abstract

This article analyses Karl Barth’s 1919 Tambach lecture on “The Christian in society” in the context of post World War I Europe. After describing Barth’s early life and his move away from liberal theology, the five sections of the Tambach lecture are analysed. Barth’s early dialectical theology focussed on: Neither secularising Christ nor clericalising society; Entering God’s movement in society; Saying Yes to the world as creation (regnum naturae); Saying No to evil in society (regnum gratiae); respecting God’s reign as beyond our attempts (regnum gloriae).

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J.N.J. Kritzinger, University of South Africa, South Africa

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