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Karl Barth
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Religious Figure
    (May 10, 1886-December 10, 1968)
    Born in Basel, Switzerland
    Twentieth Century theologian
    Writings included his thirteen volume 'Church Dogmatics' and his famous commentary on Saint Paul's 'Letter to the Romans'
    Native of Switzerland who spent much of his professional career in Germany
    Married with children, he moved his mistress in with his family and would even go on vacation with her, leaving his family behind.
    He concentrated on the minutiae of soteriology (how a person is saved) versus an area more interesting and useful to the everyday Christian, like moral theology.
    The h in his last name is silent.
    Although a fierce critic of the Nazis, he was considerably less so of communism and once said 'I regard anticommunism as a matter of principle an evil even greater than communism itself.'
    To believe in his writings is to believe that he discovered things that the entirety of Christianity had missed during the previous two thousand years.
    He carried his insistence on the doctrine of Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) to such a degree that he opposed having stained glass windows containing Bible scenes re-installed (they had been removed for safety reasons during WWII) in a church believing that they contrasted with the idea of the Bible as the sole Word of God.
    He believed that the Bible was the only way for people to realize there is a God, ignoring that many cultures through history have developed ideas about God, some very similar to Christianity without ever even hearing about the Bible.
    Unlike many theologians, he was a pastor for many years before becoming a college professor of theology.
    He had to leave his teaching post in Germany because he refused to swear allegiance to Adolf Hitler.
    He loved the music of Mozart.
    Pope Pius XII called him the most important theologian since Aquinas.
    Despite his brilliance and popularity, he remained modest.

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