Karl Barth, who was born in Switzerland in 1886
was a Theologian, initially associated with the liberal Protestant wing of the Reformed church. He later became dissatisfied with these views, and in 1919
wrote his "Epistle to the Roman
s", emphasising the distinct nature of God. He described god as "wholly other", and thought of as unknowable through conventional means. He argued that the only way to gain true insight into the nature of God was through revalation
The work for which he is most remembered is his interpretation of the ontological argument for the existence of God in 1931. He saw the ontological argument not as a tool for conversion, but as an "article of faith" for those that already believed. Unfortunately, when Hitler rose to power he was forced out of academics, and returned to Basle. There he became the leader of the local church opposition to Hitler. His life's work, the "Church Dogmatics" was not finished by his death in 1968, but nevertheless displays astounding theological insight.