Discussion at Wymington
December 7 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
The next Meeting Place Debate will be on Saturday morning, December 7th.
The focus will be on the lecture Karl Barth gave at Tambach, in Thuringia, Germany, a century ago (September 25th, 1919). The title he was given was “The Christian in Society”, but the way he dealt with it caused a theological storm that resounded through the next decade. Some argue that he outlined the only adequate basis on which some in the German churches were able (however unsuccessfully) to resist Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in the 1930s. Others argue equally strongly that Barth’s insistence on a theological basis for the Church’s actions distracted people from the practical business of politics until it was too late. On December 7th we will have a chance to discuss all that, but in terms of the situation we face a century later.
Some of Karl Barth’s own story leading up to the Tambach conference; plus over the next two months, in what we hope will be digestible sections, an edited version of what he said there, are available on request from Peter West