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Barth, Karl

b. 1886 - d. 1968

Swiss Protestant theologian Karl Barth is widely regarded as one of the most influential Christian thinkers of the twentieth century. He taught at universities in Göttingen, Münster and Bonn (Germany). He is the principal author of The Barmen Declaration that rejected Nazism and a leader of the German Confessing Church that resisted Hitler. He lost his position in Bonn because of his stance against Nazism and completed his career teaching at the University of Basel (Switzerland). Barth rejected liberalism, favoring instead a God-centered theology. He believed in a transcendent “wholly other” God completely separate from the world. Dr. King was skeptical of this idea, maintaining instead that God was both transcendent and immanent, knowable through the life of Jesus and personal religious experience. Barth and King met briefly at Princeton University in 1962.

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Dr. King notes Karl Barth's views on Jesus.

Barth - The Epistle to the Romans

Dr. King quotes Karl Barth's "The Epistle to the Romans."

Barth, Karl

Dr. King references Karl Barth's "The Doctrine of the Word of God."

Barth, Karl

Dr. King comments on Karl Barth's view that Christ assumed fallen human nature.

Chapter 1 - Introduction

In this dissertation, Dr. King discusses several investigations and problems. He centers the paper around a comparison of "the conceptions of God in the thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman."

Chapter II - The Methodologies of Tillich and Wieman

This is the third chapter of Dr. King's dissertation "A Comparison of the Conception of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman."


Dr. King records a note on the function of dogmatic theology and a quote from Karl Barth's "Church Dogmatics: The Doctrine of the Word of God."

Jesus Christ

Dr. King quotes Karl Barth's "Dogmatics in Outline" on Jesus and his relationship to God.

Letter from Townsend Scudder to MLK

Townsend Scudder, of the Friends Service Committee, contacts Dr. King to request the use and reproduction of the Birmingham Letter to appear in their pamphlet.

MLK's Doctoral Dissertation Abstract: A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman

Original Sin

From "The Epistle of the Romans," Dr. King records Karl Barth's observations regarding original sin, which are compared to views of the Bible, Saint Augustine and the Reformers.


Dr. King quotes a passage from Karl Barth's "Word of God and the Word of Man," regarding reason.

The Word of God

Dr. King references Karl Barth on the "word of God."