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Directly after the Second World War, the teaching staff of theology faculties for the subject of church history was largely replaced. More and more theologians whose academic careers had been partially held up during the "Third Reich" because of their commitment to the Confessional Church were hired. After 1945, the most influential theological ideas on this subject, which was seen by most of the experts in this field mainly as a theological discipline, had originated in the Weimar era and were connected above all with the names Karl Barth and Karl Holl. The advocates of dialectical theology as propounded by Ernst Wolf regarded Holl's interpretation of Luther as a continuation of theological liberalism, which they believed was partly responsible for the "catastrophe" in Germany. After 1945, new ideas for the exploration of the Reformation were mainly the result of an increased interest in humanism. The continuity of the subjects and methodological preferences continued to have an effect up into the 1960s.
Founded in 1891. The Zeitschrift für Theologie und Kirche (ZThK) is a scholarly journal devoted to all areas of theological research and the teachings of the church. Contributions from all disciplines within theology concentrate in depth on major issues in theological reflection and Christian practice. They are addressed to students, teachers, clergy and members of the academic profession who wish to participate in contemporary theological debate and to remain abreast of current development.
Die Zeitschrift für Theologie und Kirche (ZThK) erörtert zentrale Themen theologischen Denkens und kirchlicher Praxis. Sie wendet sich an Studierende wie Lehrende, an Pfarrer und Pfarrerinnen, Lehrerinnen und Lehrer, die regelmäßig Einblick in die wichtigsten aktuellen Forschungen in allen theologischen Disziplinen gewinnen wollen. Sie ist eine wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift, die gründlich informiert und zu eigener theologischer Arbeit anregen will.