Religion: Battle of the Theologians?

Two of Protestantism's biggest names found themselves in a hot-collar controversy last week. One was Basel's bearlike Karl Barth, the most influential Protestant theologian of his time; as a professor at Bonn University, he defied Hitler early in the Nazi regime, but since World War II Barth has angered many by his live-and-let-live attitude toward Communism, his sharply anti-U.S. attitude. His antagonist last week was U.S. Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, himself a sometime left-of-center critic of U.S. policy. The issue for which Niebuhr takes Barth to task in the pages of the Christian Century:...

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