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Karl Barth: The Barthian Revolt in Modern Theology
January 27 @ 9:45 am - 10:45 am EST
Dr. Gary Dorrien of Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University presents on Karl Barth, who was a member of a small group of theologians and churchmen who formed the Confessing Church, created in response to the national synod of the German Protestant churches endorsed by the Nazi party in 1933 (unified into the German Evangelical Church, it was known as the “Reich Church”). In a historic battle of church vs. the state, Barth and others wrote the famous Barmen Declaration in 1934, a statement in opposition to the German Christian’s Nazification of the German Evangelical Church. Dr. Gary Dorrien will explore why Karl Barth is considered the most influential theologian of the 20th century, so influential, in fact, that he made the cover of TIME Magazine on April 20, 1962. Dr. Dorrien teaches social ethics, theology, and philosophy of religion at Union Theological Seminary. He has authored 19 books and 300 articles that range across many fields, including philosophy, social ethics and theology.