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Jesus is Victor! Karl Barth and Pietism, the Blumhardts and Politics

Author(s): Rudolf M. Bisanz,

Journal: Journal for Christian Theological Research
ISSN 1087-1624

Volume: 6;
Issue: 4;
Date: 2001;
Original page

Testing the referents of the title Pietism, the Blumhardts, Politics against the facts and data of Barth's life and work can help clarify the larger meanings of his systematics. Polemics that distort his theology could thus yield to fresh insights into his larger thinking as an agent of spiritual renewal and civic empowerment. This account commences by evaluating certain interlocking Barthian positions on: religious enthusiasm versus metaphysical temperance, Evangelical discernment and the nature of Biblical verity, and church governance in relation to matters of ministerial conscience. Using these linked data as a basis of inference and argument, this study continues by examining theory versus practice in the making of theology. It concludes with the affirmation that 'God-talk is action', namely that the science of divinity matters, both theoretically and functionally, especially when the Church is in the line of secular fire
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