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Nations and Nationalism in the Theology of Karl Barth
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Nations and Nationalism in the Theology of Karl Barth

Carys Moseley


Defining and recognizing nationhood as distinct from the state is an important though underappreciated task in Karl Barth’s theology. It flows out of his deep concern for the capacity for nationalist dogma—that every nation must have its own state—to promote warfare. The problem motivated him to make his famous break with German liberal Protestant theology. This book traces how Barth reconceived nationhood in the light of a lifelong interest in the exegesis and preaching of the Pentecost narrative in Acts 2. It shows how his responsibilities as a pastor of the Swiss Reformed Church required pr ... More

Keywords: nationhood, nationalism, Pentecost, filioque, natural theology, Israel

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199668922
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668922.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carys Moseley, author
School of Divinity, Edinburgh University

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