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A Search for Karl Barth's 'Public Theology': Looking into Some Defining Areas of his Work in the post-World War II Years

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This article wishes to examine some defining areas of Karl Barth's theology in the post-World War II period, and to see in what regard his theology may help in the discussion on public theology. As some characteristics may grow from our search, a definite distinction will appear between the specific intention and manner of his theology in and towards public life. A thorough appreciation of the public intention in his theology, as well as critique on the shortcomings towards the manner he proposes to go in and towards public life, will be offered at the end of our examination.

Affiliations: 1: Martin Laubscher lives in Bloemfontein where he is a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church Heuwelsig, a research fellow at the University of the Free State, and doctoral student at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, where he is conducting research on “Public theology as Prophetic Theology? A critical examination of the threefold office in Karl Barth's theology.”;, Email:


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