Encountering the Task of History: Karl Barth’s Study of the Religious Enlightenment
There are substantial changes within the historiography of the Enlightenment era in recent years especially in seeing its religious roots. These changes happened concurrently with the so-called return of the religious within the academy. This study analyzes the intellectual history of the eighteenth century by Karl Barth in his Protestant Theology. He anticipates the recent scholarship on the religious Enlightenment. Barth is the foremost theologian of the twentieth century, but his historical work is not given its due. This study seeks to correct this deficiency. Barth reveals that the Enlightenment era was a time of religious reform, which allows him to be part of a number of thinkers to challenge the secularization paradigm. This paper aims to establish Barth as an intellectual historian of the modern era by examining his historical work even as it continues into the Church Dogmatics.
PHD in Theology
Loewen, Howard J.
Karl Barth, Knowledge and learning, Enlightenment, Historiography, Learning and scholarship
Missions and World Christianity
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