Karl Barth

1886 - 1968

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Karl Barth (; German: [bart]; (1886-05-10)10 May 1886 – (1968-12-10)10 December 1968) was a Swiss Reformed theologian. Barth is best known for his commentary The Epistle to the Romans, his involvement in the Confessing Church, including his authorship (except for a single phrase) of the Barmen Declaration, and especially his unfinished multi-volume theological summa the Church Dogmatics (published between 1932–1967). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl Barth has received more than 1,364,524 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Karl Barth is the 448th most popular writer (down from 416th in 2019), the 36th most popular biography from Switzerland (down from 35th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Swiss Writer.

Karl Barth was a Swiss theologian who is most famous for his doctrine of the "Word of God."

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Notable Works

The word of God and the word of man
This book is perhaps the best introduction for readers who are new to Karl Barth, while Barthians will find it a valuable biographical source, since it is, among other things, a chronicle of Barth
Fides quaerens intellectum
Kirchliche Dogmatik
Einführung in die evangelische Theologie
Dogmatics in outline
This important book, by a theologian regarded as the most eminent of this century, explains the Apostle's Creed as a foundation of the Christian religion.


Among writers, Karl Barth ranks 448 out of 7,302Before him are Auguste Escoffier, Propertius, Rudaki, Fausto Cercignani, Comte de Lautréamont, and Ammianus Marcellinus. After him are Gabriela Mistral, Susan Sontag, Salvatore Quasimodo, Boris Vian, Wolfram von Eschenbach, and Jack Kerouac.

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Among people born in 1886, Karl Barth ranks 14Before him are Béla Kun, Sergey Kirov, Marc Bloch, René Guénon, Jean Arp, and Ernst Thälmann. After him are Wilhelm Furtwängler, Karl von Frisch, Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, George Mallory, Karl Polanyi, and Jan Masaryk. Among people deceased in 1968, Karl Barth ranks 15Before him are Lev Landau, Konstantin Rokossovsky, Robert F. Kennedy, Trygve Lie, Max Brod, and George Gamow. After him are Salvatore Quasimodo, Georg von Küchler, Erwin Panofsky, Henry Hallett Dale, Enid Blyton, and Carl Theodor Dreyer.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Karl Barth ranks 36 out of 1,015Before him are Jacques Necker (1732), Joan Gamper (1877), Heinrich Rohrer (1933), Carlo Maderno (1556), Hermann Rorschach (1884), and K. Alex Müller (1927). After him are Adelaide of Italy (931), Ursula Andress (1936), Franz Mesmer (1734), Eugen Bleuler (1857), Jacob Bernoulli (1654), and Angelica Kauffman (1741).

Among WRITERS In Switzerland

Among writers born in Switzerland, Karl Barth ranks 5Before him are Johanna Spyri (1827), Carl Spitteler (1845), Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921), and Erich von Däniken (1935). After him are Robert Walser (1878), Alejo Carpentier (1904), Johann Ludwig Burckhardt (1784), Max Frisch (1911), Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741), Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz (1878), and Gottfried Keller (1819).