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17_NeoOrthodoxy_Barth_Niebuhr - Karl Barth and Reinhold...

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Karl Barth and Reinhold Niebuhr Rise of Neo-Orthodoxy
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Responses to Protestant Liberalism Fundamentalism Led by Princeton theologians, Benjamin Warfield and Charles Hodge 1910-1915 published 12 volume series, The Fundamentals of the Christian Faith 5 Fundamentals Inerrancy (“It is not confined to moral and religious truths, but extends to the statement of facts, whether scientific, historical, or geographical”-Hodge) Virgin Birth Substitutionary Atonement Bodily Resurrection Second Coming of Christ
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Neo-Orthodoxy Emerged after the First World War Critique of liberalism Too optimistic about human capacity and possibility Rejected it’s affirmation of natural theology Two World Wars produced a theological crisis with the experience of humanity’s capacity for evil. Returned to and rearticulated the Reformation principles of humanity’s need of God’s grace and salvation as well as the proclamation of God’s word in the Scriptures.
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Karl Barth 1886-1968 Swiss-German theologian and the chief representative of Neo-Orthodoxy Primary works: Church Dogmatics (5 parts 14 volumes; 35 years) Epistle to the Romans “Bombshell” that fell on the theological world
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Key Tenants of Barth God is “totally other” “Let God be God” Liberalism had focused upon and began theological reflection with human experience and modern knowledge.
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