Religion: The New Barth

"It is many years since I rode horseback through field and wood or performed modest soldierly duties," wrote Switzerland's famed, 73-year-old Protestant Theologian Karl Barth* recently in the Christian Century. "Climbing uphill no longer tempts me. And even my work pace at the desk has become perceptibly slower. [But] air, water, substantial nourishment and moderate exercise still help me to keep my vigor; and even my faithful pipe still agrees rather well with me." Another sign of youthfulness that Septuagenarian Barth might have added is his continuing ability to change his mind.

One of the 20th century's most publicized theologians, Karl Barth...

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