“If the Barthians are socialists, I think it is not unfair to them to say that they don’t work very hard at it.”
— Reinhold Niebuhr
I do not have an invested interest in situating Barth or Barthianism in regard to “political theology.” I am just offering this as an interesting bit of criticism from Reinhold Niebuhr in his volume, Essays in Applied Christianity:
The Barthians are very critical of present society but they are also very critical of every effort to improve society. They regard it as necessary but dangerous; dangerous because moral and social activity might tempt men to moral pride and conceit and thus rob them of salvation. If the Barthians are socialists, I think it is not unfair to them to say that they don’t work very hard at it.
It ought to be said that the moral sensitivity and the lack of social vigor in…
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