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The Krisis of Writing

Kirkland, Scott A. (2018) The Krisis of Writing. Colloquium, 50 (1). pp. 32-45. ISSN 0588-3237

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Abstract

Karl Barth’s Epistle to the Romans is often criticised for its theological inadequacies, chiefly its problematic doctrine of God. Consequently,it is frequently located as an interesting moment in Barth’s thought,but one that must be looked beyond. In this paper I linger over the text, putting aside some of the more formal doctrinal problems, focusing on the relation between theological rhetoric and political rationale. Concentrating on these issues, particularly in the early stages of the commentary, will reveal the way political and theological aesthetics are innately linked in the text. This will be seen through Barth’s careful deconstructive use of the language of Grund and his play on its resonance both with the ratio and the language of Boden.
This deconstructive rationality is intrinsically political, as it shadows an earlier political logic from his Tambach lecture. Further, we shall see that Barth explicitly articulates his project, in contrast to his teachers, as a playful Geschichte rather than Historie. It will be argued that built into these plays is a further sense of the inevitability of the failure of theological writing itself. Barth understands that the failure of the theological academy in supporting WW I is as political as it is theological, and vice versa. His respondent theological aesthetic, itself a performative failure of another kind, is equally politically motivated.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Proofs
Keywords: Karl Barth, Weimar Republic, Theological Writing, Theological Socialism, Nietzsche
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Ethics / Moral Theology
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Dr Scott Kirkland
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2018 02:16
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2018 02:19
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3297

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