Reforming our ‘Barth’?

Martin Laubscher

Abstract


Against the backdrop of the Reformation as catalyst for many church and societal reforms, this article wants to reflect upon the transformation of the past 40 years of Barth studies in South Africa. Not only have we consciously read Barth in South Africa, but we also differed in the way we made Barth our own. Therefore, in reforming our ‘Barth’, we will look into particular trajectory of first discerning Willie Jonker’s Barth, followed by that of Dirkie Smit, and lastly proposing another emerging Barth for the way we read him in South Africa today. It is especially the role and significance of the prophetic office in Barth’s theology which will emerge in challenging ways.

Keywords


Karl Barth; Willie Jonker; Dirkie Smit; prophetic

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17570/stj.2017.v3n2.a08

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