Heinrich Scholz – Karl Barth | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 39, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268



In 1929-1931 Heinrich Scholz and Karl Barth debated the scientific status of theology. The present article examines their discussion and corrects the common misunderstanding that Scholz defended a kind of ‘unified science’ or wanted (systematic) theology to be built up along the lines of an axiomatic-deductive system. Further, it is argued that Barth comes to his disapproval of Scholz’s ‘pagan’ understanding of science on the basis of his view on theology as a ‘Glaubenswissenschaft’: The Word of God cannot be measured by human scientific standards. Pannenberg, who accepts Scholz’s ‘minimal’-view on science, rightly criticizes Barth: one cannot claim theology to be a science and at the same time reject the common scientific standards.


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