Authored by: Peter Zimmerling

The Routledge Companion to Modern Christian Thought

Print publication date:  March  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782173
eBook ISBN: 9780203387856
Adobe ISBN: 9781136677922


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Up to about forty years ago, theologians spoke of the “forgetting of the Spirit” in western theology (Dilschneider 1961: 261; cf. Moltmann 1991: 13 f.). The Christocentricity of the dialectic theology of Karl Barth and his camp had left no room for an independent doctrine of the Spirit. Barth and also Bonhoeffer developed their high theologies strictly from Christ (Gloege 1957; Mayer 1980). Barth himself confirmed this neglect of the Spirit in 1968, the last year of his life, when he mentioned his desire to rewrite his dogmatics on the basis of the Third Article of Faith (Barth 1983: 311).

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