n Stellenbosch Theological Journal - The reception and relevance of Karl Barth in South Africa - reflections on “doing theology” in South Africa after sixty years in conversation with Barth

Volume 5 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0028-2006
  • E-ISSN: 2226-2385



The article traces the reception of Barth’s theology from the Second World War through to the present in ecumenical and missiological circles, and in theological education. But the major focus is on the resistance to Barth on the part of theological advocates of apartheid, and his positive influence of key participants in the church struggle against apartheid. In addition, there is discussion of the black theological response to Barth and the significance of his legacy for democratic transformation in post-apartheid South Africa.

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