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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 | a259 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v63i4.259 | © 2007 J.N.J. Kritzinger | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 May 2007 | Published: 07 May 2007

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

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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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