The Barthian Conference Is Hopping on the Lutheran Reformation Anniversary Bandwagon

Luther, Barth, and Movements of Theological Renewal (1918-1933)
2017 Annual Karl Barth Conference
Princeton Theological Seminary, June 18-21, 2017


The years from 1900-1933 represent some of the most productive years in the history of German Protestant theology. New interests in history and religious experience would be brought to bear on the study of Martin Luther. No longer would his thought be construed as a system of theology. Rather he would be seen as the paradigm for a religious experience that had initiated the birth of Protestantism. Luther’s work that consolidated what would later be called the “Luther Renaissance” was the publication of his Commentary on Romans (1515/16) in 1908. In 1919 Karl Barth published the first edition of his Letter to the Romans. “Dialectical theology”, the movement that Barth would be closely identified with, had emerged. How are the two movements, the Luther Renaissance and dialectical theology, related? The conference “Luther and Barth During the Weimar Years (1905-1922)” investigates the intellectual, historical, philosophical, and theological impulses informing both movements, their interconnections, and their eventual coming apart. The conference will also serve as opportunity to introduce the groundbreaking work of contemporary German theologian Heinrich Assel to the English-speaking world.

Sounds fun… ish.  So I pass it along to you, dear Barthians.

NB- Fun Fact- Barth lectured on both Calvin and Zwingli, and the Reformed Confessions; and the Heidelberg Catechism; but he never offered a course on Luther…