Socio-political thinking of Karl Barth : trinitarian and incarnational Christology as the ground for his social action and its implications for us today
The basic argument of this thesis is that not only was Karl Barth interested in the social and political issues and questions of his day but that that concern meant a firm decision to find an adequate theological basis for his involvements in them. He found God's revelation of Himself in Jesus Christ to be the right theological foundation for his social action. From this theological center - that is, the revelation of the trinitarian God in and through the incarnate Son, Jesus Christ - Barth consistently and persistently argues that everything in the economic, social, political and personal fields derives its meaning and ordering. By allowing his thought and praxis to be determined by Jesus Christ, Barth was able to fight against the German quasi-religious ideology of 'blood and soil' and similar false socio-political ideologies which dominate modern theological thinking. In every chapter, attempt is made to show the implications of his Christological thinking for us today. I maintain the view that any interpretor of Karl Barth who fails to make the God-become-a-man the basis of his theology and social action is sure to misunderstand him. To make either epistemology, or even the Bible, or a particular political ideology the center of his theology can only lead to a distortion of his views. It is my interpretation of hit in the light of his trinitarian and christological thought which leads me in this thesis to depart in certain respects from other previous studies.