n Stellenbosch Theological Journal - Christen Gemeinde, Bürgergemeinden, Migranten, Aktiengesellschaften, Finanzmärkte … towards a decolonial reconfiguration of Karl Barth’s theological politics for contemporary Europe

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



The thesis of this article is that the arrival and non-arrival of African migrants fractures the pseudo innocence of Western Europe exposing its colonial entanglements hence challenging the church to develop a decolonial theological politics. The article develops such a politics by re-examining and reconfiguring elements of Barth’s theological politics. It draws on his understanding of the “lordless powers” and of God taking the side of the poor and rereads them in the light of a counter imperial reading of the New Testament. This forms the basis for a reconfiguring of themes from his Christian Community and Civil Community.

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