Reading Romans with Barth (3)

Field: Systematic Theology
Unit Code(s): CT3500T/CT3509T
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Undergraduate (3)
Delivery mode: Face-to-face and Online


Content: This unit will introduce students to one of the most significant theologians since the Reformation – Karl Barth – by providing a structured, facilitated opportunity to read through, as a group, his first major publication. The unit will locate Barth in his historical, theological, and political context, as the necessary background for understanding his thought. It will also introduce students to key hermeneutical themes that emerge in the Romans commentary and through which Barth’s maturing theology can be better understood.   
Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • situate Karl Barth in his historical, theological, and political context
  • articulate the influence of nineteenth century German Protestantism on Barth's early career
  • critically evaluate a range of responses to his commentary by contemporary and more recent New Testament scholars
  • investigate key constructs for interpreting Barth's theological method.
  • seminar presentation, 15 minutes, equivalent to 1,500 words (35%)
  • 3,500-word essay (65%)
Recommended Reading:

*recommended for purchase

K. Barth, The Epistle to the Romans, 6thed., trans. E.C. Hoskyns, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1933; repr. 1968).

K. Barth, Christ and Adam: Man and Humanity in Romans 5, trans. T.A. Smail, (Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd, 1956).

E. Busch, Karl Barth: His Life from Letters and Autobiographical Texts, trans. J. Bowden, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994).

G. Hunsinger, How to Read Karl Barth: The Shape of his Theology, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1991).

B.L. McCormack, Karl Barth’s Critically Realistic Dialectical Theology: Its Genesis and Development 1909-1936, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995).

K. Oakes, Reading Karl Barth: A Companion to Karl Barth’s Epistle to the Romans, (Eugene: Cascade, 2011).

J. Webster, Karl Barth, 2nded., (London/New York: Continuum, 2004).

J. Webster (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Karl Barth, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000).