0531 and THEO 0532 or THEO 0530
course endeavours to acquaint students with a major tract of the most
significant theologian since the Sixteenth Century Reformation.It presupposes theological zeal and a willingness to read closely and
consistently material that is admittedly dense yet equally rich.
understand the “Copernican Revolution” in Barth’s theology with respect to
his understanding of revelation: God alone is both the subject and object of
revelation even as he remains Lord of it;
 appreciate Barth’s theological background: the anthropocentric liberalism
articulated most eloquently by Friedrich Schleiermacher;
 see that Barth stands in the Reformational tradition yet also moves beyond
it (e.g., the doctrine of election);
 probe specific items in Barth that have rendered him notorious; e.g.,
revelation as the “abolition of religion”;
 understand how Barth combines simultaneously faithfulness to the logic of
scripture and self-exposure to contemporaneity;
 appreciate how Barth has informed two recent, major theologians of the
Reformed tradition in both the English-speaking and German-speaking theatres:
Thomas Torrance and Eberhard Juengel;
 assess Barth’s fruitfulness for subsequent theological work.
Eleven (11) 400-word papers reflecting the student’s theological
engagement with the reading of the day
1: The paper may articulate the student’s critical appreciation of a
theological point in Barth or in Barth’s reading of the history of doctrine, or disagreement with same.It may also articulate a comparison between Barth and another single major thinker; e.g.,
Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Luther, Zwingli, Bucer, Calvin, Bullinger, Melanchthon, Flaccius,
Turretin, Heppe, etc.
2:Since one purpose of the paper is
to ensure that the student has read the material assigned for class, this paper mustbe
submitted at the commencement of the class; it may not be submitted any time thereafter.
3: Students should come to class prepared to discuss with the class the
substance of their written paper.
A final examination.
Barth, Church Dogmatic: Part IV Volume 1:
(“The Doctrine of Reconciliation”)(
: T.&T. Clark.) This book is required.
John Webster, Barth (
: Continuum, 2000) ISBN: 0 8264 5079 2
book is recommended.
Eleven 400-word papers55%
Tyndale Seminary course is to require approximately 120 hours of work.
weekly Barth readings are weighty, and it is expected that students will spend
7.5 hours reading for class.
hours have been allowed for the 400-word paper.
hours have been allowed for preparing for the final examination.
Breakdown:Reading for class:83 hours
Writing papers:22 hours
Examination preparation : 15 hours
note that while no little time is required for the readings, there is no major
paper (50 hours are normally allowed for this) in the course.
14Orientation: the life and
work of Karl Barth
Sep 21Orientation (cont’d):
the theological liberalism against which he reacted