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date: 26 November 2020

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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.

Keywords: Judith Butler, feminism, gender theory, human agency, sexual difference, theological anthropology

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