Karl Barth (1886-1968), the Swiss-German professor and pastor, is regarded by many as a modern day "Church Father." Barth's great contribution to theology, church, politics, and culture will take generations to appropriate and assess. As the principal author of "The Barmen Declaration," he was the intellectual leader of the German Confessing Church, the Protestant group that resisted the Third Reich. Among Barth's many books, sermons and essays, the multivolume Church Dogmatics — a closely reasoned, eloquently stated argument in nearly ten thousand pages — stands out as the crown of his achievement.
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