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Karl Barth and the future of dogmatic theology

Alasdair I.C. Heron

HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies; Vol 58, No 3 (2002), 867-885. doi: 10.4102/hts.v58i3.593

Submitted: 22 October 2002
Published:  22 October 2002


The article discusses Karl Barth’s contribution to dogmatic theology. It describes Karl Barth’s personality and shows how his theology was put to practice in writing, in teaching, in debate, in conflict, in friendship and in opposition. Some negative comments on Barth are for example levelled at his liturgical insensitivity, unbalanced and exclusive emphasis on preaching, and his individualistic dislike of the established church, its governing structures and baptismal practice. The article focuses on Barth’s impulses for the discipline of dogmatics and demonstrates developments and directions in his work. Critically reservations regarding instances where it might seem better for theologians not to follow Barth, are  specified.    The  article  also  offers  a  glimpse  into  the  future  of  dogmatic theology seen through the lens of Karl Barth.

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Alasdair I.C. Heron, University of Pretoria, South Africa



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