Christianity as “True Religion” According to Karl Barth’s Theologia Religionum: an intercultural Conversation with Selected Asian Christian Theologians

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    This article orchestrates an intercultural theological conversation between Karl Barth’s theology of religions and selected Asian Christian theologians. The latter rightly stress that Barth’s criticism of religions is mainly concerned with Christian religion, although it does allow for the recognition of “other true lights.” Yet, insufficient attention is paid to the fact that Barth considers Christianity in particular “the true religion.” In critical conversation with these Asian reflections, it becomes clear that we need to move beyond Barth because (1) his Christocentrism neglects God’s presence as Creator and Spirit in other religious traditions, (2) Barth’s actualism does not allow him to properly distinguish between the word of God in the Christian Scriptures and in the “other lights,” and (3) this actualism stands in the way of a full recognition of the historical nature of revelation and salvation in Christ.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)155-170
    Number of pages16
    JournalAsia Journal of Theology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2021


    • actualism
    • Asian theology
    • historical revelation
    • Karl Barth
    • Katsumi Takizawa
    • theology of religions
    • Trinity

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