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									  „Karl Barth’s Voice Should Be Kept Alive“


       The Karl Barth Foundation is raising funds for the
                    continuation of its work




Why does Karl Barth remain so important today and for the future?

What has been achieved so far?

How is the work being done?

How will the work continue?

What are the plans for financing?




with Collected Edition, Biography and Finance Plan of the KB Foundation

Basel, December 2009
1.   Karl Barth – A Theologian of World Significance.
     Karl Barth is the most important Swiss theologian of the twentieth century.
     His influence extends far beyond Switzerland, however. He numbers among
     Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Schleiermacher, and Kierkegaard
     as one of the greatest thinkers of Christendom. He gave new impulses to
     Protestant theology during a critical phase, reshaping it fundamentally. He
     also influenced Roman Catholic theology (of Balthasar, Küng, etc.) and World
     Christianity. His writings have been translated into nearly every European
     language as well as into Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, etc.

     But that’s not all. This Swiss professor of theology was the leading figure of
     the „Confessing Church” in Germany, which led the spiritual resistance
     against National Socialism. After being expelled from Germany in 1935, Barth
     continued to be one of the few clear, steadfast voices against the fascination
     with nationalistic blindness, an advocate for humanity, and a critic of the
     Swiss government’s refugee policies. He did not remain silent whenever
     confronted with social questions even after the war. To sum up, Barth is one
     of the few major representatives of the „other Switzerland,“ a voice of
     conscience—and at the same time a constructive theologian, whose thinking
     remains to this day a focal point for Christian identity.

     The Karl Barth Foundation is reaching out to you for these reasons. The
     future of the Karl Barth Archives is at stake. In Copenhagen, there is a Søren
     Kierkegaard Research Institute with more than ten fulltime employees. Our
     aim is more modest. We wish to retain the Barth House, the Archives, and the
     Research Library as well as to continue with the Collected Edition of Karl
     Barth. To do so, we must refill the position of Director of the Archives, who is
     simultaneously responsible for the Collected Edition, and, if possible, provide
     for an assistant position. Please help us to keep Karl Barth’s voice living into
     the future.



2.   The Karl Barth Foundation’s Record of Achievement to this Point
     The Karl Barth Foundation in Basle is a nearly forty year old institution with a
     great record of success. After Barth’s death in 1968, his archive was
     established in his final place of residence. In the archive, his entire literary
     estate has been put into order: all manuscripts, publications, photographs,
     correspondence, and many ephemeral documents of historical significance
     have been brought under archival control. We now have a unique opportunity
     to preserve unchanged Barth‘s final work place with his study and his entire
     library in Basel as a „place of memory“—not just as a museum, but as a center
     of contemporary theological and cultural research. Researchers worldwide


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     have turned to the Archives for information and support for their scholarly
     inquiries into Karl Barth as a thinker and a contemporary.

     The Collected Edition of the works of Karl Barth, which has now grown to
     forty-six volumes, has disclosed new sources to Barth researchers according
     to the highest editorial standards and changed the interpretation of his work.
     A   significant   portion   of   his   unpublished   papers   (sermons,   lectures,
     manuscripts, letters, and other items) has been preserved on microfilm and
     digitized in collaboration with Princeton Theological Seminary. The presence
     of these microfilm and digital files in Princeton make possible a second,
     virtual archive in North America, thereby strengthening American scholarship
     on Barth.


     The Barth Archives also participates in regular conferences—for example, the
     annual Karl Barth Conferences in Leuenberg (Switzerland) and Driebergen
     (The Netherlands) as well as Barth Conferences in Princeton (USA) and Emden
     (Germany)—in which his intellectual achievements, which extend beyond any
     form of typical university instruction, are discussed and kept alive. There is
     also a Zeitschrift für dialektische Theologie (Journal of Dialectical Theology)
     and a Barth-Studies monograph series published by TVZ (Zürich). It is of vital
     significance that the house and the Archives continue in the future to play a
     leading role in the dissemination of Barth‘s work through these forums.


3.   Sponsoring Organizations of the Collected Edition and the Archives
     Karl Barth Legacy Commission

     In his will of 1968, Karl Barth directed that his entire literary estate
     (manuscripts, memoranda, correspondence, books, articles, etc.) not be sold
     off, but be put in the care of a Legacy Commission, whose composition he set
     out in his will and whose membership has been renewed through elections
     ever since. The Legacy Commission collaborates closely with the Karl Barth
     Foundation as the publisher of the Collected Edition and as the entity
     responsible for the maintenance of the Karl Barth Archives.

     The Literary Commission is composed of descendents of Karl Barth as well as
     other qualified people. Its current members are

     Dr. Daniel Barth, Basel                       Pfr. Dr. Georg Vischer, Basel
     Frau Shabnam Barth, Basel                     Pfr. Dieter Zellweger, Oberwil
     Pfr. Dr. Niklaus Peter, Zürich

     The Reverend Dr. Peter and the Reverend Zellweger are also members of the
     steering committee of the Karl Barth Foundation; they insure the coordination
     of both associations.


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Karl Barth Foundation


The Karl Barth Foundation was established in 1971, three years after Karl
Barth’s death. Its goal and purpose is to make visible the significance and
meaning of Karl Barth’s entire theological work, by collecting and preserving
the entire corpus of writings by and about Karl Barth, including the
correspondence, and by editing and publishing a Collected Edition of Karl
Barth‘s writings in collaboration with the Legacy Commission established in
his will.

The Karl Barth Foundation provides for the publication of the Collected
Edition, functions as the employer of the Archivist and, together with the
Legacy Commission, acts as the contractual partner of Princeton Theological
Seminary in carrying out the common project of microfilming and digitalizing
his literary estate.

The governing bodies of the Foundation are its Board, which has
responsibility for its administration and represents the Foundation, and its
Committee of Scholarly Advisors, which advises the Board concerning
theological and editorial questions and has a voice in determining the
program for the Collected Edition and its editorial policies.

The current members of the Board of the Foundation are

Dr. iur. Dr. theol. h.c. Bernhard Christ, Basel, President
Dr. iur. Thomas Gelzer, Basel, Treasurer
Pfr. Dr. Niklaus Peter, Zürich
Pfr. Dieter Zellweger, Oberwil BL


The current members of the Committee of Scholarly Advisors are:

Prof. Dr. theol. Michael Beintker, Münster
Prof. Dr. theol. Johannes Fischer, Zürich
Prof. Dr. theol. Henri W. de Knijff, Rheden (NL)
Prof. Dr. theol. Wolf Krötke, Berlin
Prof. Bruce L. McCormack, Ph.D., Princeton, N.J.
Prof. Dr. theol. Georg Pfleiderer, Basel
Prof. Dr. theol. Hans Ruh, Zürich
D. Dr. theol. Hinrich Stoevesandt, Basel

Dr. iur. Philippe Spitz serves as the secretary of the Foundation. The
Foundation is regulated and supervised by the official agencies of the Canton
of Basel-Stadt. Its auditing firm is BDO Visura of Basel.




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Karl Barth-Archives

The Karl Barth Archives, which is supported by the Karl Barth Foundation and
the Legacy Commission, is the research and editorial center for the
administration and publication of the Collected Works of Karl Barth.

The   Archives is located in the        former   residence   of Karl   Barth at
Bruderholzallee 26 in Basel. The Archives accommodates not only his literary
estate, but also the extensive library of Karl Barth, which has recently been
cataloged thanks to funds specifically contributed for this initiative. Visitors
from all over the world, especially from the United States and East Asia, find
the work rooms of Karl Barth and Charlotte von Kirschbaum a particular
source of interest, since they have been maintained in their original
condition.

The director of the Karl Barth Archives is Dr. Hans-Anton Drewes. He serves
as the editor of the Collected Edition of Karl Barth under the auspices of the
Karl Barth Foundation. His predecessor was Dr. Hinrich Stoevesandt, who
acted as the editor with the assistance of his wife from the establishment of
the Foundation until his retirement.

The main task of the Archives, apart from the ongoing process of ordering
and cataloging the archives themselves (numbering approximately 100,000
documents), is the editorial work of preparing scholarly editions of Karl
Barth’s works for publication both in the Karl Barth Collected Edition and
elsewhere (his correspondence with Friedrich Gogarten and Erik Peterson was
recently published in independent editions, for example). The archivist also
supports national and international researchers with their scholarly projects
by assembling documents relevant to their research and, if necessary, by
transcribing manuscripts and providing other forms of assistance. He is
constantly called upon to research questions about Barth’s life and work—for
example, to clarify his relations to contemporaries in the academic, literary,
or political world. The Archives also frequently assists with the publication of
newspaper articles and other publications by supplying photographs.

A Center for Barth Studies with a research collection on Karl Barth exists at
Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ (USA) and has worked closely
with the Karl Barth Archives in Basel since its founding in 1997. In Germany, a
Barth Research Center has been founded at the Ruhr University of Bochum
and a Karl Barth Society, Inc. in Westphalia has promoted theological
research, education, and training in the spirit of Karl Barth’s thought since
1997. This Society also organizes regular conferences. A Karl Barth Research
Institute has also been founded at the University of Debrecen in Hungary and
Barth societies also exist in South Korea, Japan, and North America.


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4.   Future of the Archives and the Collected Edition

     What significant tasks do the Archives and the Collected Edition still have to
     fulfill?


     Beyond finishing the digitization of Barth’s complete correspondence and the
     regular work of the Archives advising Barth researchers worldwide, the most
     urgent desideratum is bringing the Collected Works of Karl Barth to a
     conclusion. The following important volumes remain unpublished:


         •      A critical edition of the Romans Commentary of 1922. (It is essential
                for a deepened understanding of its theology that this most important
                theological book of the twentieth century is made transparent in
                relation to its contemporary modes of theological and cultural
                discourse.)
         •      The edition of Barth’s Exegetical Lectures. (His theology flowed out of
                his renewed understanding of biblical exegesis).
         •      The edition of Barth’s Early Lectures and Shorter Works 1914-1921
                (the most decisive period of his theological formation.)
         •      The edition of his Lectures and Shorter Words from the Period of the
                Church Struggle, in particular a volume of materials from 1930-1935
                and a volume from 1935-1938.
         •      A critical edition of the Paralipomena from his masterwork, the Church
                Dogmatics, which has at this point only been published on CD in PDF
                format. These texts, originally written for publication but ultimately
                not included in the CD, permit readers to gain differentiated insight
                into Barth’s work.


     As a result of conversations with the representatives of the Theological
     Faculty, the University of Basel has become interested in establishing a Karl
     Barth Research Center. This Center would carry forth and keep the voice of
     Karl Barth alive in the contemporary academy and church. It would also
     nurture scholarly exchanges with the existing Centers of Barth Research
     worldwide. This proposed Center would also collaborate with the Karl Barth
     Foundation to archive and care for his literary estate, to supervise his
     Collected Edition, and to serve as a clearinghouse for communication about
     Karl Barth and his work. The administration of the University of Basel
     supports the strengthening of this collaboration.




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5.   Financing

     The initial means of the Foundation were obtained through an expansively
     planned appeal, which enabled its work to get started. The Swiss National
     Fund began providing support shortly thereafter for the payment of the
     archivist and editor (approximately 4,000,000 Swiss Francs in total), thereby
     making an essential contribution to the longevity of the Foundations’
     scholarly and editorial activities. In the mid-1990’s, the Foundation renewed
     its efforts to develop funds for the ongoing projects in connection with the
     personnel change of the archivist. The family of Karl Barth contributed a large
     portion toward the financial costs during that period and also subsequently
     provided additional funding for the editorial activities (approximately
     1,500,000 Swiss Francs in total). In addition, most of the heirs of Karl Barth
     devoted until that time the income they received as copyright holders less
     their expenses toward subsidizing the Foundation or funding related
     projects. Karl Barth’s former residence, which houses the Karl Barth Archives,
     is made available by the family to the Foundation free of charge under a
     usufructuary agreement (corresponding to approximately 250,000 Swiss
     Francs). Princeton Theological Seminary also made a significant contribution
     by subventing the microfilming project (valued at approximately 1,300,000
     Swiss Francs).

     In order to safeguard the future of the Archives, the community of Karl
     Barth’s heirs—in recognition of his significance and out of a sense of
     responsibility for his work—have offered the Karl Barth Foundation a
     challenge grant—under the condition that the Foundation guarantee that the
     Collected Edition continue to be published and that the Archives remain
     operating for at least ten years, the family will transfer ownership of the
     house and library to the Foundation—a donation valued at approximately
     900,000 Swiss Francs. To secure this future for ten years, the Karl Barth
     Foundation requires upward of 1,500,000 additional Swiss Francs—provided
     that the National Fund continues to pay for the position of the Director of the
     Archives and to partially subsidize a scholarly assistant. Without this funding,
     an additional 2,650,000 Swiss Francs will be needed. The Board of the
     Foundation is seeking supporters in order to meet these additional costs. (It
     should be pointed out in this connection that the Karl Barth Foundation is
     recognized as a non-profit institution by the Swiss tax authorities so that
     contributions by natural and juridical persons may be deducted from their
     income.)

     The accompanying financial plan of the KB Foundation provides an overview
     of the necessary expenditures for reaching the intended goals and the
     anticipated income, including the development of the Foundation’s funds.

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Karl Barth Foundation, Aeschenvorstadt 4, CH-4010 Basel
President: Dr. Bernhard Christ, bchrist@vischer.com
Tel: +41 61 279 3300

Post Bank Account: PC 40-3863-7, IBAN CH80 0900 0000 4000 3863 7


Karl Barth Archives, Bruderholzallee 26, CH-4059 Basel
http://pages.unibas.ch/karlbarth bartharchiv-theol@unibas.ch
Director: Dr. Hans-Anton Drewes, Tel: +41 61 361 2779

Karl Barth Legacy Commission,
President: Rev. Dieter Zellweger, Hohestrasse 104, CH-4104 Oberwil
Tel: +41 61 401 3925 dieter.zellweger@intergga.ch




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The Karl Barth Collected Edition

During his life, Karl Barth kept the presses very busy – from his first newspaper
article to the interviews he gave during his active retirement, from the first Safenwil
sermon which he had privately printed to the voluminous volumes of the Church
Dogmatics.

Though printed texts were thus not lacking, the generation of students after Barth’s
death in 1968 considered it unquestionably necessary to undertake a collected
edition of his works. The collected edition had these objectives:

     -    first, to collect and order texts, some of which had been long out of print or
          were first published in hard-to-find volumes, according to their literary
          genres;

         - second, to add the unpublished texts from his literary estate;

         - and third, to make Barth’s writings, given their particular historical context
          and their complexity of expression, accessible to contemporary readers by
          providing   historical   introductions   and   by   clarifying   their   manifold
          theological, philosophical, historical, political, autobiographical, and literary
          allusions (as well as by explaining—not least of all—distinctive Swiss
          German words and phrases for readers outside Switzerland).

If in the first instance the edition served the practical and scholarly interests of
contemporaries who were engaged during the first decades after Barth’s death in a
dispute over the proper interpretation of the relation between theology and politics
in Barth’s thinking, the editors nevertheless kept in mind from the beginning the
likelihood that „the future of Karl Barth’s theology lies far out in front of us“, as
Eberhard Jüngel put it during the 1968 memorial service in the Basel Münster. Since
then it has become clear that important and often very lively discussions of Barth’s
theology are also taking place outside of German-speaking regions—above all in the
United States and Great Britain as well as in Korea and Japan. That means that the
editorial work of collecting and explaining the texts must not only be geared toward
a future readership at a greater temporal distance from the historical context of
Barth’s work, but also at the increasing number of readers who will undoubtedly be
thankful for insights into the otherwise largely unfamiliar linguistic conventions and
cultural conditions under which Barth wrote. The editor of the Collected Edition thus
makes an effort to provide the information necessary to make Barth’s language
approximately as accessible as it would have been to contemporaries hearing his
talks and lectures in person. Frequently, in any event, the first step in preparing the
edition is the painstaking process of deciphering Barth’s difficult handwriting, itself



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an indispensible contribution to Barth scholarship which can only take place in a
Barth Archives equipped with the proper personnel and resources.

Numerous well-known theologians have taken responsibility for this editorial work,
which obviously cannot be left to later generations, including Eberhard Busch, Ingolf
U. Dalferth, Eberhard Jüngel and Gerhard Sauter. Since its inception in 1971, forty-
five volumes have been published in five series:

      I: Sermons

      II: Academic Works

      III: Lectures and Shorter Articles

      IV: Conversations

      V: Letters

The volumes represent either newly reissued critical editions of texts published by
Barth (for example, the Epistle to the Romans of 1919 and the Christian Dogmatics
of 1927) or previously unpublished texts with particular significance for the
interpretation of Barth’s intellectual development made available for the first time
(as with the Göttingen Lectures on Dogmatics of 1923-1925).

In addition, there are also numerous publications published outside the contours of
the Karl Barth Collected Edition, though always with significant assistance from the
Karl Barth Archives—for example, the Unpublished Texts from the Church
Dogmatics, which have been made available on CD-ROM as facsimile quality digital
images of Barth’s own typescripts or the volumes of correspondence between Barth
and Martin Rade, Friedrich Gogarten, Kornelis Heiko Miskotte, and Carl Zuckmayer.

Significant goals guide the future of the Collected Edition—above all, the publication
of the lectures and shorter articles from the 1930s and 1940s, which document
among other matters Barth‘s struggle against the influence of National Socialism on
the Protestant Church and his subsequent concern for Christian responsibility
during the Second World War. Another goal is the publication of the previously
unpublished lectures from the 1920s and 1930s, which still raise fruitful questions
for the Church and theology and point the way toward new answers.




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Karl Barth (1886-1968)                                                              As a consequence of the attention aroused by his commentary—
                                                                                    “a handful of dynamite, like the Epistle to the Romans itself”—Barth was
                                                                                                                     appointed a professor in Göttingen in
                                                                                                                     1921, in Münster from 1925, and finally
                                                                                                                     in Bonn from 1930. In Bonn, he began
                                                                                                                     his work on the Church Dogmatics, his
                                                                                                                     major work, which he left unfinished
                                                                                                                     despite its more than 9,300 pages and
                                                                                                                     twelve total volumes. The first volume
                                                                                                                     appeared in 1932 and the final volume
                                                                                                                              was published as a fragment in 1967. The
                                                                                                                              Church Dogmatics makes the singular
Karl Barth was born on May 10, 1886. He was the eldest son of Fritz and
                                                                                                                              attempt to provide a comprehensive
Anna Katharina Barth-Sartorius. His father was a theological instructor at
                                                                                                                              account of the efforts to interpret the
the time at the Evangelical School for Preachers. In 1889, Fritz Barth was
                                                                                                                              Christian Gospel during the past twenty
called to a professorship in theology in Bern. Karl Barth thus spent the
                                                                                                                              centuries and, above all, to elucidate in
majority of his childhood and school years in the federal capital of
                                                                                                                              synopsis all of the theological motifs,
Switzerland.
                                                                                                                              questions, and concepts used to articulate
During the period from 1904 to 1909, Barth studied Protestant theology in             At his desk in Basel, 25 Pilger Street,
                                                                                                                              the claim and presence of the divine
Bern, Berlin, Tübingen, and Marburg.                                                    his study at 26 Bruderholz Lane.
                                                                                                                              address. In its profound exploration of
After a year of pastoral training in
                                                                                    the biblical message, the Church Dogmatics stands on par with the
Geneva, he served for ten years from
                                                                                    writings of Augustine and Luther; in its ability to bring and hold together
1911 to 1921 as pastor to the
                                                                                    all viewpoints it may be compared with the Summa Theologiae of Thomas
manufacturing and farming community of
                                                                                    Aquinas or Calvin’s Institutes.
Safenwil in Aargau. He became
politically active with the encouragement
                                                                                    Barth manifested his fundamental opposition to National Socialism even
of the workers in the town, who enlisted
                                                                                    before their seizure of power in 1933, decrying “its appeal to rationales
him in their movement as the “Messiah of        The Barth Family in Safenwil
                                                                                    which are no rationales at all, its presentation of itself as an unqualified
Safenwil” and the “Red Apostle.” Barth understood his political
                                                                                    power, its illiberality and anti-intellectualism, which are so strange to us
engagement as an aspect of the task always given afresh to Christians to
                                                                                    all.” At the end of June 1933, Barth published the first edition of his
translate the “one message which is everywhere and always valid” into the
                                                                                    pamphlet, Theological Existence Today! which was widely perceived as an
“language of practical knowledge and decisions, which are compelled and
                                                                                    alarm and a wakeup call. The publication plunged Barth into the forefront
commanded today.”
                                                                                    of the Protestant resistance to Hitler, the “German Christians,” and the
During that period, he also authored his book on the Apostle Paul’s Epistle
                                                                                    attempt “to coordinate” the Protestant church with the National Socialist
to the Romans, which became a cornerstone of his life work, which would
                                                                                    state. On May 31, 1934, the General Synod of the Confessing Church,
make him the most significant Protestant theologian of the 20th Century.

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                                                 meeting in Wuppertal-Barmen,               After his farewell lecture at the
                                                 adopted a set of theses authored by        University of Basel in 1962, Barth
                                                 Barth called “The Theological              travelled to the United States of
                                                 Declaration of Barmen.” These              America to deliver a series of
                                                 theses guided the Confessing Church        lectures. There, he held conversations
                                                 in its struggle with the National          with,     among     others,   William
 Beginning of Theological Declaration of Barmen Socialist regime and number today           Stringfellow, one of the most
among the confessional documents of many churches worldwide. Barth                          principled opponents of racial
lost his position as professor in Bonn in 1935 and was forced to leave                      discrimination and proponents of         With the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King on the
Germany because he refused to swear a pledge to the “Führer and German                      social justice, whom Barth found a         steps of the Princeton University Chapel.

Chancellor” without adding the qualification “to the extent that I                          “particularly interesting, very radically inclined New York attorney.”
responsibly am able as a Protestant Christian.”                                             Barth regretted that he had an all-too-brief encounter with the
The authorities in Basel immediately appointed him Professor of                             “courageous” Martin Luther King.
Systematic Theology at the university in                                                     In “peaceable circumstances but a still somewhat busy retirement,” Barth
the city of his birth. In addition to his                                                                                        was granted many honors. King
intensive teaching and research activities,                                                                                      George VI of Great Britain had
Barth worked on behalf of those living                                                                                           already distinguished him with “The
under National Socialism or for the                                                                                              King’s Medal for Service in the
churches it threatened as well as for                                                                                            Cause of Freedom” in 1952. In his
refugees seeking asylum in Switzerland.                                                                                          retirement, he was awarded his tenth
During the Second World War, Barth                                                                                               and eleventh honorary doctorate and
became the “pastor of oppressed peoples                                                                                          also received the Sonning Prize in
and the conscience of Christendom” due                                                                                           Copenhagen for his services to
to his warnings and admonitions against                                                                                          European culture. Barth followed the
giving up the state and church to National                                                          With Karl Rahner, SJ in Rome renewal movement in the Roman
Socialism, which he underscored by                                                             (In the background, Eduard Dhanis, SJ )
                                                                                                                                 Catholic Church during the Second
enlisting in the armed reserves of the                                                      Vatican Council with interest and sympathy. He traveled in that connection
Swiss Army. It was therefore fitting that                   In the Armed Reserves           to Rome to conduct theological talks and was received by Pope Paul VI in
he was asked to deliver the main address                                                    1966.
at the first assembly of the World Council of Churches in 1948 and that he                  Barth died on December 19, 1968 in his house on Bruderholz Lane in
also played a significant role in the preparations for the second assembly in               Basel. On the prior evening, he had cheered up Eduard Thurneysen in a
Evanston in 1954.                                                                           final phone conversation by saying, “Just don’t be so down in the mouth,
In the 1950s, Barth made himself—as he put it—“disreputable” by his                         now! Not ever! For things are ruled, not just in Moscow or in Washington
rejection of the nuclear arms race and by his efforts, in critical solidarity               or in Peking, but things are ruled—even here on earth—entirely from
with Christians behind the “iron curtain,” to overcome the Cold War                         above, from heaven above.”
between East and West.

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