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Summer 2012/Seattle

ST530

Burton

 

ST530: KARL BARTH AND EVANGELICALISM. Bryan Burton

 

DESCRIPTION: An Analysis of Karl BarthÕs theology as a constructive paradigm for evangelical theology, with an emphasis on his understanding of the Word of God, the Trinity, Incarnation, Salvation, Worship, Ethics and Ministry. Particular attention will be given to the continuing relevance of Karl BarthÕs theology for evangelical theology and praxis.

 

SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: Karl BarthÕs Theology for the church in ministry insists that theological and pastoral work presupposes and serves ChristÕs ministry of revealing God to the world and reconciling the world to God. Students may expect to read Karl BarthÕs theology as a theology of and for the church in worship, ministry and mission.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES: This course will lead the student in 1) Understanding what they believe in regard to the Christian Faith, 2) Understanding the inter-related/integrated character of Christian Theology, 3) Understanding why they believe what they believe, 4) Understanding a range of theological options and reasons for this diversity, 5) Thinking theologically in light of their own experience and church context, and 6) Understanding the role of cultural diversity and its impact on theology.

 

COURSE FORMAT: Presentation and discussion of Karl BarthÕs works. Course will meet as a two week intensive, 30 hours in class.

 

REQUIRED READING: 1200 total pages of reading from the following texts:

Barth, Karl. Dogmatics in Outline. Harper and Row. 1959.155pp. ISBN 006130056X. $15.00

_________. Introduction to Evangelical Theology. Eerdmans. 1995. 206pp. ISBN 0802818196. $22.00

_________. The Humanity of God. WJKP.1996. 96pp. ISBN 0804206120. $20.00

Busch, Eberhard. The Great Passion. Eerdmans. 2004. 302pp. ISBN 978080284932. $25.00

McCormack, Bruce and Clifford Anderson, ed. Karl Barth and American Evangelicalism. Eerdmans. 2011. 400pp. $30.00.

Webster, John, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Karl Barth. Cambridge. 2000. 305pp. ISBN 0521585600. $35.00.

 

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READING:

Barth, Karl. Church Dogmatics (4 vols.) T&T Clark. 1956-1977.

Bromiley, Geoffrey. Introduction to the Theology of Karl Barth. Eerdmans 1979.

Busch, Eberhard. Karl Barth: His Life from Letters and Autobiographical Texts. Eerdmans. 1993.

Hunsinger. George. How to Read Karl Barth. Oxford. 1991.

Torrance, Thomas F. Karl Barth: Biblical and Evangelical Theologian. T&T Clark. 1990.

 

ASSIGNMENTS:

1.     A Theological Reading Journal which documents reading of and interactions with the required course texts (5-7pp) 30% of Course Grade.

2.     A Major Research Paper which reflects an integration of perspectives and sources on a specific aspect of Karl BarthÕs Life and Theology (15-20pp) 50% of Course Grade

3.     An In-Class Presentation/Discussion of a specific issue related to the theology of Karl Barth. (20 minutes) 20% of Course Grade

 

PREREQUISITES: None

 

RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: MDiv/MA/BST Elective MAT: Theology

 

FINAL EXAMINATION: None