New Release: Reading Barth with Charity

Cover ArtKarl Barth and his legacy have dominated theology circles for over a decade. In Reading Barth with Charity George Hunsinger, a world-renowned expert on Barth’s theology, makes an authoritative contribution to the debate concerning Barth’s trinitarian theology and doctrine of election.

Hunsinger challenges a popular form of Barth interpretation pertaining to the Trinity, demonstrating that there is no major break in Barth’s thought between the earlier and the later Barth of the Church Dogmatics. Hunsinger also discusses important issues in trinitarian theology and Christology that extend beyond the contemporary Barth debates. This major statement will be valued by professors and students of systematic theology, scholars, and readers of Barth.


“George Hunsinger has mastered the rare art of combining passion with clarity, and polemics with charity….I would not be surprised if it turned out to be a modern classic.” – Joe Mangina, University of Toronto

“A spirited, rigorous, and comprehensive presentation of the traditionalist tenet that Barth considered God’s antecedent trinitarian perfection to be the ground for the divine acts of creation and election.” – Khaled Anatolios, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

“A major contribution to Barth studies, and at the same time a rigorous, lucid introduction to Barth’s theology for nonspecialists.” – Martha Moore-Keish, Columbia Theological Seminary

“An authoritative and accessible guide to the disputed questions of Barth’s theology, especially his doctrine of the Trinity and election and his account of divine action. Highly recommended!” – Paul L. Gavrilyuk, University of St. Thomas

“Hunsinger presents a careful and deliberate analysis of Barth’s Church Dogmatics and stresses that for Barth, God is the one who loves in freedom. Hunsinger argues convincingly that God’s relation to the world stands in correspondence to and is a repetition of God’s Trinity.” – Christiane Tietz, , University of Zurich


George Hunsinger (PhD, Yale University) is Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of two critically acclaimed works on Barth’s theology–Disruptive Grace: Studies in the Theology of Karl Barth and How to Read Karl Barth: The Shape of His Theology–and author of the much-discussed The Eucharist and Ecumenism. Hunsinger served as director of the Princeton Theological Seminary’s Center for Barth Studies from 1997 to 2001 and has been president of the Karl Barth Society of North America since 2003. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he was a major contributor to the new Presbyterian catechism.

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