- 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
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.
Willie James Jennings is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale Divinity School. An ordained Baptist minister, he is the author of The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race (2010), a book that has won several prestigious awards, and a popular commentary on Acts (2017). He is currently working on a monograph provisionally entitled Unfolding the World: Recasting a Christian Doctrine of Creation.
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