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Karl Barth, Catholic Renewal, and Vatican II

, 2013
ISBN: 9780567605931


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From the 1920s on, Karl Barth’s thought was received with great interest by Protestants and Catholic theologians alike. This study outlines how and why this happened, especially in the period leading up to Vatican II. Benjamin Dahlke shows how the preoccupation with Barth’s Epistle to the Romans and the Church Dogmatics triggered a theological renewal among Catholic theologians. In addition to Hans Urs von Balthasar’s critical appropriation of Barth’s thought, the controversy about the issue of analogia entis with Erich Przywara is also dealt with.

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  • Examines how Barth’s theology was received by Protestants and Catholics
  • Addresses the history of Barth’s work leading up to Vatican II
  • Explores how Barth’s work triggered a theological renewal among Catholic theologians
  • The Epistle to the Romans: First Reactions to Karl Barth
  • Anti-Modern Modern: The Philosophical Presuppositions of Dialectical Theology
  • Unity in Faith: The Münster Circle, Robert Grosche and the Periodical Catholica
  • Fides quaerens intellectum: Barth’s Essay on Anselm of Canterbury
  • The Invention of the Antichrist? Catholic Reactions to Barth’s Condemnation of the analogia entis
  • Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Contribution to the Renewal of Catholic Theology
  • Balthasar’s Perception of Barth’s Line of Thought
  • Balthasar’s Appropriation of Barth’s Line of Thought (1948 – 1951)
  • Balthasar’s Later Writings on Barth’s Thought (after 1951)
Benjamin Dahlke’s book concisely tells the previously unknown, but nevertheless fascinating, story of the intensive dialogue between Karl Barth and a rather varied group of German speaking Catholic colleagues. Parts of Barth’s most attentive audience, it seems, came from a field that he himself looked upon with a curious mixture of suspicion, disdain, and lively interest. Dahlke shows that conversing with Barth or criticizing his theology became one of the most striking phenomena of Catholic theology in search of reform from the 1930s to the 1960s. Dahlke’s finely written book is in itself a history of Catholic theology on the way to Vatican II.

—Leonhard Hell, University of Mainz

  • Title: Karl Barth, Catholic Renewal and Vatican II
  • Author: Benjamin Dahlke
  • Series: T&T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology
  • Volume: 16
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Print Publication Date: 2013
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Pages: 208
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Barth, Karl, 1886-1968 › Influence; Vatican Council (2nd: 1962-1965: Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano); Church renewal
  • ISBNs: 9780567605931, 9780567616869
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2019-10-03T22:43:13Z

Benjamin Dahlke is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Catholic Theology at the University of Mainz in Germany.


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