The Use of Religion to Achieve Earthly Power

Human Leadership

The Swiss Protestant theologian Karl Barth (May 10, 1886 – December 10, 1968) is described as one of the most important religious thinkers of the 20th century.

Barth personally mailed a public stance against Nazism (Barmen Declaration) to Adolf Hitler in 1934. He left Germany to avoid a required loyalty oath to the Nazi leader.

Quests for Power

One of Barth’s life-long concerns was the “the captivity of theology by human ideology.”

Are there any religious constituencies in the world today who are being manipulated and held captive by one or another political ideology?

Billions of People Pray

Barth said, “To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Barth

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