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Reading Barth with Charity: A Hermeneutical Proposal
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Reading Barth with Charity: A Hermeneutical Proposal


Baker Academic 2015

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Karl Barth and his legacy have dominated theological circles for the past 30 years. In this volume George Hunsinger, a world leading Barth scholar, makes a provocative contribution to an ongoing debate concerning Bruce McCormack’s reading of Barth’s trinitarian theology and doctrine of election. Hunsinger challenges this interpretation, demonstrating that there is no major break in Barth’s thought between the earlier and the later volumes of the Church Dogmatics. Hunsinger also uses Barth’s theology as a springboard to discuss fundamental issues for anyone working in Christology or trinitarian theology. This text is a valuable resource for professors and students of systematic theology, scholars, and readers of Barth.

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Key Features

  • Addresses a key debate in Barthian studies
  • Examines Bruce McCormack’s understanding of Barth’s doctrines of election and the Trinity
  • Demonstrates that there is no major break in Barth’s thought between his early and later works


  • Grace and Being: The Charter Document
  • Seek God Where He May Be Found: An Important Exchange
  • Interlude
  • Being in Action: The Question of God’s Historicity
  • Two Disputed Points: The Obedience of the Son and Classical Theism
  • Revisionism Scaled Back: A Partial Dissent

Praise for the Print Edition

Reading Barth with Charity not only shows readers what Karl Barth did—and did not—have to say about the Trinity and election but also instructs them in the wider tradition of Christian reflection on God. I would not be surprised if it turned out to be a modern classic.

Joe Mangina, professor of theology, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

Presents a careful and deliberate analysis of Barth’s Church Dogmatics and stresses that for Barth, God is the one who loves in freedom. Hunsinger argues convincingly that God’s relation to the world stands in correspondence to and is a repetition of God’s Trinity.

—Christiane Tietz, professor, University of Zurich, Switzerland

George Hunsinger has been in the front ranks of the traditionalist reading of Karl Barth over against revisionist interpretations. In this masterful book, he gives us a spirited, rigorous, and comprehensive presentation of the traditionalist tenet that Barth considered God’s antecedent trinitarian perfection to be the ground for the divine acts of creation and election. The brilliance of this account extends beyond internal Barthian debates and illumines crucial issues in contemporary Christology and trinitarian theology.

Khaled Anatolios, professor of historical theology, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

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About George Hunsinger

George Hunsinger is Hazel Thompson McCord professor of systematic theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of two critically acclaimed works on Barth’s theology including, Disruptive Grace: Studies in the Theology of Karl Barth and How to Read Karl Barth: The Shape of His Theology and Thy Word Is Truth: Barth on Scripture. Hunsinger served as director of the Princeton Theological Seminary’s Center for Barth Studies from 1997 to 2001 and has been president of the Karl Barth Society of North America since 2003. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he was a major contributor to the new Presbyterian catechism.

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