- Copyright page
- List of Abbreviations
- List of Contributors
- The Tasks of Theology
- Revelation and Scripture
- Jesus Christ
- The Spirit
- Sin and Evil
- Human Being
- Christian Life
- Justification, Sanctification, Vocation
- Barth and the Racial Imaginary
- Barth and Modern Moral Philosophy
- Barth and Gender
- Barth and Public Life
- Barth and Hermeneutics
- Barth and Preaching
- Barth and Environmental Theology
- Barth and Culture
- Barth and Judaism
- Barth, Religion, and the Religions
- Barth and Contemporary Protestant Theology
- Barth and Roman Catholic Theology
Abstract and Keywords
At the heart of Barth’s theological anthropology and its accompanying special ethics is a human agent set in motion by the creative and redemptive work of Christ and directed towards its human fellows in a relationship of shared need and obligation. I mobilize the ethically oriented, critical, and reflective mechanisms in Barth’s depiction of this agent to contest his heterosexist framework for the relationship and difference between the sexes. I propose that Barth’s Christocentric account of human agency undermines his efforts to subordinate women to men, that it has critical mechanisms that can contest, decenter, and reconfigure his rigid gender binary, and that it resonates in productive and suggestive ways with Judith Butler’s gender theory.
Faye Bodley-Dangelo is Managing Editor of Harvard Theological Review and Harvard Divinity Bulletin. She obtained her ThD from Harvard Divinity School in 2016, having completed a dissertation entitled ‘Veiled and Unveiled Others: Revisiting Karl Barth’s Gender Trouble’. This dissertation forms the basis of Sexual Difference, Gender, and Agency in Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics (2019).
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