Is it simply an accident of history?

Two types or modes of theology, each arising from the dissolution of Christendom and forced to grapple with the ensuing ecclesial fall out. In Germany, the Barthian “Nein,” arising from, and shattering, the comfortable and liberal religiosity of a culture wedded to a Hegelian synthesis of the church and of the state. In France, the persecution of the Catholic Church, where no such synthesis existed; in its place a culture where politics and religion were decidedly separate. So much so, that some Jesuits, like Henri de Lubac, were forced to study theology abroad.

So much of North American and Anglo theology takes it’s cue from Barth or at least from the German vein of theology. Why? Does it simply have to do with our Protestant legacy?  And why does it matter?  To answer these questions, one needs to look to Stanley Hauerwas’s recent piece.

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