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Dialectical Theology

The title used to characterize the theological methodology of [[Karl Barth]],* to distinguish his dogmatic principles from those of the liberal traditions which had reached their climax in F.D.E. Schleiermacher.* The first phase of the Barthian movement was termed the “theology of crisis.” It appeared superficially as a “desperation-theology” born out of disillusionment with World War I, and expressing theologically the historical and cultural pessimism given vogue in Spengler's Decline of the West.