Life & Theology of Karl Barth

Adonis Vidu
Instructor: Adonis Vidu
Code: CH/TH657
Section: HA
Location: Hamilton AC235, Digital Live
Schedule: Mondays, 6:00-9:00 pm
Dates: Jan 25–May 7

Course Description

Karl Barth is perhaps the most significant Protestant theologian of the 20th century. This course gives an introduction to the formation, content, and development of his theology, with a special focus on the following topics: theological knowledge, election, Trinity, the Word of God, the divine perfections, creation and covenant, providence, sin, reconciliation. The course is designed to foster discussion of the primary texts we will be reading, with the class time equally divided between lecture and guided discussion.

Learning Outcomes

  1. You will be able to integrate Barth in a theological trajectory spanning medieval reformation, modern and contemporary theology
  2. You will be able to critically assess Barth’s theological proposal
  3. You will grow in your understanding of essential elements of Christian doctrine, especially Christology, doctrine of Scripture, doctrine of the Trinity, and soteriology

Selected Reading

(Please consult the syllabus for a final reading list)

  1. Webster, John: Karl Barth, 2nd ed., 978-­‐0826474636
  2. Allen, R. Michael: Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics: An Introduction and Reader, 978-­0567152190
  3. Barth, Karl: Anselm: Fides Quaerens Intellectum: Anselm’s Proof of the Existence of God in the Context of His Theological Scheme (Pittsburgh Reprint Series 2) 978-­‐0915138753
  4. Additional articles and excerpts are provided in PDF form through the online site of the class.

Apply by January 15th

Accepting applications for Spring 2021 degree programs through December 15, 2020. Applications for individual courses accepted through January 15, 2021.
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$ 350

No Additional Student Service Fees

Best for: Personal Enrichment

Participation: Auditors are restricted to non-participating member status in classes. In other words, auditors may not:

  • Participate in class discussion (except as authorized by the instructor according to the terms included in the course syllabus)
  • Submit written work
  • Sit for exams for the purpose of receiving an evaluation.

Credit/Grading: Auditors do not receive graduate credit nor a grade. Your Gordon-Conwell transcripts will note "AU" in place of a grade reflecting that you audited a course.

Application Requirements:

  • Online application.
  • No additional materials required.

Special Non-Degree Student

$ 1650

24% Discount off standard tuition; Student service fees apply.

Best for: Students who desire structured feedback or anticipate enrolling in a future degree program.

Participation: Special Non-Degree Students are fully enrolled students expected to participate in all elements of a course as outlined in the course syllabus.

Credit/Grading: Your Gordon-Conwell transcript will reflect a letter grade, and course credit may be applied toward a future degree program. If you are new to graduate-level coursework and nervous about grading, you may elect to take the course for Pass/Fail. Rather than receive a grade, your transcript will only reflect whether or not you received a passing grade. Degree programs allow a limited number of pass/fail courses.

Application Requirements:

  • Online application.
  • Undergraduate transcript(s).
  • Reference required if undergradute GPA is under 3.0.

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