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Freedom and SolidarityToward New Beginnings$
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Fred Dallmayr

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813165783

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813165783.001.0001

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Faith and Communicative Freedom

Faith and Communicative Freedom

A Tribute to Wolfgang Huber

(p.135) 7 Faith and Communicative Freedom
Freedom and Solidarity

Fred Dallmayr

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter 7 takes off from the discussion of the conflict between community and dissent by examining Protestant theology in its quest to reconcile human freedom with the Christian community of believers. It looks most closely at the works of German Protestant theologian Huber, who takes his point of departure from the so-called Barmen Declaration of 1934 drafted by Karl Barth. The declaration denounced co-optation of Christian churches by the fascist totalitarian state and at the same time vindicated faith as a source of freedom and as a leaven in the cultivation of genuine social solidarity. Unlike Barth and his other predecessors, however, Huber has been willing to embrace some recent philosophical and intellectual innovations. This chapter also discusses how this embrace has led Huber to the formulation of the principle of a “communicative freedom,” where human freedom emerges in engaged communication or dialogue with others without being submerged in a mindless collectivism. Moreover, this chapter describes freedom as denoting a communicative openness to society, world, and the community of believers.

Keywords:   Wolfgang Huber, communicative freedom, Christian liberty, Karl Barth, Barmen Declaration of 1934, faith, social solidarity, Lutheran church, dialectical theology

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