Daniel Rempel is nearing the end of his time as a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen, where he has been researching Karl Barth's theology of witness and its implications for people with intellectual disabilities. His dissertation is titled "Intellectual Disability and the Christian Life: A Study in Karl Barth, Disability, and Witness." Prior to this, he completed an MA in Theological Studies at Canadian Mennonite University while working as a direct support professional with adults with intellectual disabilities. He also currently works as an adjunct professor at the University of Winnipeg and Providence University College, teaching courses on Christian theology, spirituality, and the Bible.
Daniel will be presenting on "Karl Barth among the Mennonites."
In recent years, Anabaptist theology In North America has sought to move beyond the work of John Howard Yoder, as evidenced in the recent publications of Recovering from the Anabaptist Vision and Liberating the Politics of Jesus. In this vein, this paper explores the Mennonite relationship with the 20th century Swiss theologian Karl Barth as a venue to do Anabaptist theology. For at least seventy years, Mennonites from North America have engaged various aspects of Barth’s thought as a way to do theology, engagements that will be explored in this paper. It will then posit some of the benefits and some of the dangers of drawing on the work of a theologian like Karl Barth, both in light of the past events and future possibilities which face Mennonite theology today.
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