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date: 31 May 2020

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Karl Barth never wrote a treatise against racism or colonialism, but his theological vision offers important resources for addressing the racial imaginary. This is due in large measure to the shape of his educational experiences as a Swiss student—these were heavily influenced by the German educational system and its intellectual dynamics, which refined a masculinist vision of knowledge and power. Barth’s work formed in reaction to this dynamic. In effect, Barth offered an alternative (theological) subjectivity to counter the white male (hegemonic) subjectivity of Western modernity and theology. We could see this alternative construction of subjectivity as the unintended consequence of a theology that nevertheless often showed the sensibilities and intellectual reflexes of white masculine heterosexual hegemony.

Keywords: colonialism, education, race, racism, subjectivity, whiteness

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