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Hunsinger, George

 Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology

Curriculum Vitae


George Hunsinger
165 Ross Stevenson Circle
Princeton, New Jersey 08540

1988 Ph.D Yale University
1977 M.Phil.  Yale University
1977 M.A.  Yale University
1971-72 Tübingen University (DAAD)
1971 B.D. Harvard Divinity School, cum laude
1967 A.B. Stanford University, Honors in Humanities.
1982 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
2001- McCord Professor of Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary.
1997-2001 Director, Center for Barth Studies, Princeton Theological Seminary.
1994-97 Member, Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton.
1992-94 Professor of Theology, Bangor Theological Seminary.
1988-92 Associate Professor of Theology, Bangor Theological Seminary.
1986-88 Assistant Professor of Theology, Bangor Theological Seminary.
1984-85 Assistant Professor of Theology, New Brunswick Theological Seminary.
1979-84 Instructor in Theology, New Brunswick Theological Seminary.
1978-79 Theologian in Residence, Riverside Church Disarmament Program (NYC).
1973-75 Volunteer Teacher, Benhaven School for Autistic Children, New Haven, CT.
1969-70 Harvard Urban Fellows Program (Summers).
1967-68 Teacher, New York Urban League Street Academy Program (Bedford-Stuyvesant).
1966 Intern, California Farmworker Ministry, Delano, CA. (Summer).


American Academy of Religion
Duodecim Theological Society
American Theological Society
New Haven Theological Discussion Group
Yale-Washington Theology Group
Karl Barth Society of North America
International Bonhoeffer Society  

2001- Princeton Theological Seminary.
2000 Princeton University, Visiting Professor.
1997-2004 Andover Newton Theological School, Visiting Professor. Intensive courses offered every January and June.
1993-94 Baptistische Theologische Hochschule. Rüschlikon, Switzerland. Research Professor.
1986-93 Bangor Theological Seminary.
1979-85 New Brunswick Seminary.
1979-83 New York Theological Seminary.
1983-85 Auburn Theological Seminary. Adjunct.
1985 Haverford College, Visiting Professor.
1979 Union Theological Seminary (NYC), Visiting Professor.
2011-2017 Delegate, Reformed/Roman Catholic International Dialogue (Sponsored by the World Communion of Reformed Churches, Geneva and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, Rome) (On justification and the sacraments)
2006 Founder, National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT).
2006-present Board Member, NRCAT
2004-2005 Coordinator, Church Folks for a Better America. (Forerunner of NRCAT)
2003-2008 Faith and Order Commission (USA)
2003- President, Karl Barth Society of North America (KBSNA).
1997-2002 Program Chair. KBSNA.
1997-present Karl Barth Student Reading Group. Informal, noncredit course that ran on Monday evenings for the first six weeks of each term.
1995-98 Member. Special Committee to Write a New Presbyterian Catechism. The catechisms, of which I was the principal author, were approved by the 210th General Assembly of the PCUSA in June 1998. Now translated into five languages, including Spanish and Chinese.
1995-present Adult Bible Study Leader (weekly, except for the summers). Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, NJ.
2010 Karl Barth Prize Union of Evangelical Churches, Germany.
2006 Bishop James K. Matthews Award Churches' Center for Public Policy, Washington, DC.
2006 Annual Award (on behalf of NRCAT) Bellvue /NYU Torture Survivor Program, New York City.
2005 Annual Recognition Award Coalition for Peace Action, Princeton, NJ.
2001 Mitch Snyder Award First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Cambridge, MA.
Conferences Organized at Princeton Theological Seminary
2014 Barth, Jews and Judaism
2013 Hans W. Frei (1922-1988): The Future of His Legacy
2013 Barth in Dialogue: Encounters with Major Figures
2006 Torture, International Law and Human Rights
2006 Thy Word Is Truth: Barth on Scripture
2002- Annual Teach-In, Princeton Theological Seminary. Every Fall Term. To raise awareness about the war and torture.
1999 For the Sake of the World: Karl Barth and the Future of Ecclesial Theology



The Eucharist and Ecumenism: Let Us Keep the Feast Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Disruptive Grace: Studies in the Theology of Karl Barth Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2000.

How to Read Karl Barth: The Shape of His Theology Oxford University Press, 1991.

German Translation: Barth lesen: Eine Einführung in sein theologisches Denken Neukirchener Verlag, 2009 Japanese Translation: In process

The Beatitudes Paulist Press, 2014

Evangelical, Catholic and Reformed: Essays on Barth and Other Themes Wm B. Eerdmans, forthcoming 2015

In Press:
The Beatitudes Paulist Press, 2014
Evangelical, Catholic and Reformed: Essays on Barth and Other Themes Wm B. Eerdmans, 2015

In Process: Conversatoinal Theology: Essays on Ecumenical, Postliberal, and Political Themes, with Special Reference to Karl Barth T.&.T. Clark, 2015
Theological Commentary on Philippians Brazos Press, 2015
Christian Doctrine: A Concise Introduction Oxford University Press, 2016

Edited Volumes:
Karl Barth on Holy Scripture: Thy Word Is Truth Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2012

Torture Is a Moral Issue: Christians, Jews, Muslims and People of Conscience Speak Out Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2008.

For the Sake of the World: Karl Barth and the Future of Ecclesial Theology Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004.

Theology and Narrative: Selected Essays. By Hans W. Frei. Editor (with William C. Placher). Oxford University Press, 1993.

Types of Christian Theology. By Hans W. Frei. Editor (with William C. Placher). Yale University Press, 1992.

Karl Barth and Radical Politics Westminster Press, 1976.  

"Schleiermacher and Barth: Two Divergent Views of Christ and Salvation." Scottish Journal of Theology. 2014. (forthcoming)

"Barth on What It Means to be Human," in Christian Scholarship in the 21st Century, ed. T. Crisp Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2014.

"Salvator Mundi: How Christ and Salvation Are Related," in Christology Ancient and Modern, ed. O. Crisp and F. Sanders Zondervan, 2013.

"The Heidelberg Catechism in America." Theology Today. 2013.

"Ninety-Four Theses on Justification." Zeitschrift für dialektische Theologie. 2013.

"Justification" and "Sanctification." Westminster Handbook to Karl Barth, ed. Richard E. Burnett. Westminster/John Knox Press. 2013.

"Karl Barth" in The Decalogue Through the Centuries, ed. J.P. Greenman and T. Larsen Westminster/John Knox Press. 2012.

"Karl Barth and Human Rights." Berliner Theologische Zeitschrift. 2011.

"Karl Barth on the Trinity." Oxford Handbook on the Trinity, ed. G. Emery and M. Levering. Oxford University Press. 2010.

"Karl Barth: Justification and Justice." The Doctrine of Justification in Recent Reformed Theology, ed. M. Weinrich and J. Burgess. Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2009.

"Torture Is a Moral Issue: Why the Necessity Defense Fails" dialogue. 2008.

"Iraq: Did the Surge Work?" 2008.

"History Will Not Absolve Us" 2008.

"Prisoner Abuse: A Moral Imperative" Huffington Post. 2008.

"Election and the Trinity: Twenty-five Theses on the Theology of Karl Barth." Modern Theology. 2008. Reprinted in Trinity and Election in Conttemporary Theology, ed. Michael T. Dempsey. Eerdmans. 2011.

"Karl Barth (1886-1968)." The Teachings of Modern Protestantism on Law, Politics, & Human Nature, ed. John Witte Jr. & Frank Alexander Columbia University Press. 2007.

"Torture, Common Morality, and the Golden Rule: A Conversation with Michael Perry." Theology Today. 2006.

"Fides Christo formata: Luther, Barth, and the Joint Declaration." The Gospel of justification in Christ, ed. Wayne Stumme. Wm. B. Eerdmans. 2006.

"A Thirty Years War?" National Catholic Reporter. 2005.

"Internationalizing Iraq is Our Best Option." National Catholic Reporter. 2005.

"Iraq Occupation at Meltdown." National Catholic Reporter. 2004.

"Fog of War." Christian Century. 2004.

"The Daybreak of the New Creation: Christ's Resurrection in Recent Theology." Scottish Journal of Theology. 2004.

"Dispositional Soteriology: Jonathan Edwards on Justification by Faith Alone." Westminster Theological Journal. 2004.

"A Tale of Two Simultaneities: Justification and Sanctification in Calvin, Luther and Barth." Conversing with Barth, ed. Mike Higton and John C. McDowell. Ashgate. 2004.

"An Illegitimate Occupation." Christian Century. 2003.

"We Must Oppose this War." Sojourners Magazine. 2003. [Statement written by me, signed by numerous colleagues, including Stanley Hauerwas, David Hollenbach, Kathryn Tanner, and Nicholas Wolterstorff.]

"Postliberal Theology." The Cambridge Companion Postmodern Theology. ed. Kevin Vanhoozer. Cambridge University Press. 2003.

"The Bread That We Break: Toward a Chalcedonian Resolution of the Eucharistic Controversies." Princeton Seminary Bulletin. 2003.

"New Introduction" to God Here and Now by Karl Barth. Routledge Classics. 2003.

"Before the Shooting Starts: A Fabricated Case?" Christian Century. 2002.

"Iraq: Don't Go There." Christian Century. 2002.

"The Dimension of Depth: Thomas F. Torrance on the Sacraments." Scottish Journal of Theology. 2002. Reprinted: The Promise of Trinitarian Theology: Theologians in Dialogue with T.F. Torrance, ed. Elmer M. Colyer. Rowman & Littlefield. 2001.

"Robert Jenson’s Systematic Theology: A Review Essay." Scottish Journal of Theology. 2002.

"Conversational Theology: The Wit and Wisdom of Karl Barth." Toronto Journal of Theology. 2001. German Translation: Verkündigung und Forschung. 2001.

"Spiritual Stars of the Millennium: Karl Barth." The Tablet. 2000. Reprinted: Spiritual Stars of the Millennium. ed. John Wilkins. Continuum. 2002.

"Baptism and the Soteriology of Forgiveness." International Journal of Systematic Theology. 2000.

"Karl Barth's Christology: Its Basic Chalcedonian Character." The Cambridge Companion to Barth, ed. John Webster. Cambridge University Press. 2000.

"The Mediator of Communion: Karl Barth's Doctrine of the Holy Spirit." The Cambridge Companion to Barth, ed. John Webster. Cambridge University Press. 2000.

“Social Witness in the Catechism," Christian Century. April 19-26, 2000.

"Social Witness in Generous Orthodoxy: The New Presbyterian Study Catechism." Princeton Seminary Bulletin. 2000. German Translation: Zeitschrift für dialektische Theologie, 2001. Reprint. Office of Theology and Worship, PCUSA. Booklet. 2001.

"What Karl Barth Learned from Martin Luther." Lutheran Quarterly. 1999. German Translation: "Was Karl Barth von Martin Luther gelernt hat." Zeitschrift für dialektische Theologie. 1998.

"Hellfire and Damnation: Four Ancient and Modern Views." Scottish Journal of Theology. 1998.

"The Politics of the Nonviolent God: Reflections on René Gerard and Karl Barth." Scottish Journal of Theology. 1998.

"What Can Evangelicals and Postliberals Learn from Each Other? The Exchange Between Carl Henry and Hans Frei Reconsidered." Pro Ecclesia. 1996.

Review Essay: "Karl Barth's The Göttingen Dogmatics, Vol. I." Scottish Journal of Theology. 1993.

"Truth as Self-involving: Barth and Lindbeck on the Cognitive and Performative Aspects of Truth in Theological Discourse." Journal of the American Academy of Religion. 1993.

"Hans Frei as Theologian: The Quest for a Generous Orthodoxy." Modern Theology. 1992. Reprinted in Frei, Theology and Narrative.

"Jesus and the Leper." Weavings. 1990.

"Beyond Literalism and Expressivism: Karl Barth's Hermeneutical Realism." Modern Theology. 1987. German Translation: "Jenseits von Literalität und Expressivität." Evangelische Theologie. 1987.

"The Note in the Bottle: Reply to My Respondents and Critics." Katallagete. 1987. Reprinted in Barth, Barmen and the Confessing Church Today, ed. James Holloway. Mellen. 1995.

"Where the Battle Rages: Confessing Christ in America Today." dialog. 1987.

"From the Great Cloud of Witnesses: Two Stories." Weavings. 1987.

"The Harnack/Barth Correspondence: A Paraphrase with Comments." The Thomist. 1986.

"The World Observed and the World Announced: Response to William Werpehowski." Theology Today. 1986.

"Barth, Barmen and the Confessing Church Today." Katallagete. 1985. German Translation: "Barth, Barmen und bekennende Kirche heute." Evangelische Theologie. 1985. Reprinted in Barth, Barmen and the Confessing Church Today, ed. James Holloway. Mellen. 1995.

"Karl Barth and Liberation Theology." Journal of Religion. 1983. Spanish Translation: "Karl Barth y la Teologia de Liberacion." North/South Dialogue. 1987. German Translation: "Karl Barth und die Befreiungstheologie." Wer Ist unser Gott? ed. Luise and Willy Schottroff. Chr. Kaiser. 1986.

"Karl Barth and Radical Politics: Some Further Considerations." Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses. 1978.

"A Marxist View of Kierkegaard: George Lukács on the Intellectual Origins of Fascism." Union Seminary Quarterly Review. 1974-75. First Prize. Student Essay Contest. Dartmouth Institute. 1974.

"The Crucified God and the Political Theology of Violence: A Critical Survey of Jürgen Moltmann's Recent Thought," Pts. I & II. Heythrop Journal. 1973.

"Kierkegaard, Heidegger, and the Concept of Death." Stanford Essay in Humanities, No. XII. 1969. [My undergraduate Honors Thesis. First Prize. Stanford University.]

Review Essay: With Enough Shovels by Robert Sheer; First Strike by Robert Aldridge; The Nuclear Delusion by George Kennan. Union Seminary Quarterly Review. 1983.

Review Essay: The Trinity and the Kingdom by Jürgen Moltmann. The Thomist. 1983.

Review Essay: The Sociality of Christ and Humanity: Bonhoeffer’s Early Theology by Clifford J. Green. International Bonhoeffer Society Newsletter. 1980.  

ESSAYS 2012-14

"Protestant Sacramental Theology" (with Martha Moore-Keish) in Oxford Handbook on Sacramental Theology. 2014.

"Schleiermacher and Barth: Two Divergent Views of Christ and Salvation." Scottish Journal of Theology. 2014.

"Barth on What It Means to be Human," in Christian Scholarship in the 21st Century, ed. T. Crisp Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2014.

"Salvator Mundi: How Christ and Salvation Are Related," in Christology Ancient and Modern, ed. O. Crisp and F. Sanders Zondervan, 2013.

"The Heidelberg Catechism in America." Theology Today. 2013.

"Ninety-Four Theses on Justification." Zeitschrift für dialektische Theologie. 2013.

"Justification" and "Sanctification." Westminster Handbook to Karl Barth, ed. Richard E. Burnett. Westminster/John Knox Press. 2013.

"Karl Barth" in The Decalogue Through the Centuries, ed. J.P. Greenman and T. Larsen Westminster/John Knox Press. 2012.

"Fate and Idea in Theology" by Karl Barth. in The Way of Theology in Karl Barth, ed. by H. Martin Rumscheidt. Pickwick Publications. 1986.

"Extra Nos--Pro Nobis--In Nobis" by Karl Barth. The Thomist. 1986.

"Concluding Unscientific Postscript on Schleiermacher" by Karl Barth. Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses. 1978. Reprinted: The Theology of Schleiermacher by Karl Barth. Wm. B. Eerdmans. 1982.

"The Crucified God and the Apathetic Man" by Jürgen Moltmann. Theology Today. 1974. Reprinted: The Experiment Hope by Jürgen Moltmann. Fortress. 1975.  

2007- National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Washington, DC
2003-2008 Coalition for Peace Action. Princeton, NJ
2000- Editorial Board. Studies in Karl Barth Series. Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
1998-2008 Editorial Board. Scottish Journal of Theology.
1993-2004 Editorial Board. Pro Ecclesia
1992-96 National Board. Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.
1988- Executive Committee. Karl Barth Society of North America.
1987-89 Advisory Board. General Theological Center. Portland, Maine.
1985-90 Editorial Board. Katallagete.
1985-89 Editorial Board. North/South Dialogue.
1985-93 Board of Directors. American Christians for the Abolition of Torture.
1983-86 Executive Committee. Narrative Interpretation and Theology Group.
American Academy of Religion.
PRESENTATIONS (select list)
2014 Guest Lectures at St. Andrews University (2) & Edinburgh University
2013 Guest Lecture at the University of Notre Dame.
2013M Lecutre on Frei's Early Christology. Princeton Frei Conference.
2013 Lectures on the Heidelberg Catechism.
Conferences in Emden (March) and Frankfurt (July).
2011 Keynote Lecture
Kirchentag, Dresden (June)
2011 "Karl Barth and Human Rights"
Acceptance Speech on the occasion of receiving the Karl Barth Prize.
Dresden, Germany. (June)
2010 Symposium on The Eucharist and Ecumenism. September.
Ecumenical Institute, Strasbourg.
2010 Lecture on The Eucharist and Ecumenism. September.
Basel University. Switzerland.
2010 Presentation on Torture: Mobilizing the Religious Communities. July.
Netroots Nation. Annual Convention. Las Vegas.
2009 Invited Public Lecture on Torture. December.
Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University.
2009 Presentation on Torture: The Work of NRCAT. December.
World Parliament of Religions. Melbourne.
2009 Dunning Lecture. October.
The Ecumenical Institute of Theology.
St. Mary's University and Seminary. Baltimore.
2009 International Calvin Conference in Geneva. May.
Calvin and His Influence: 1509-2009.
2009 Volos Theological Academy, Greece. Conference on Church and Culture. May.
2009 Templeton Symposium of Theologians and Physicists. Istanbul.
"Light From Light." April.
2008 International Barth Symposium. December.
University of Basel.
On the 40th Anniversary of Barth's Death.
2008 Respondent. Pauline Soteriology Group. November.
Society of Biblical Literature. Annual Meeting, Boston.
2008 National Conference. Theology and the Ten Commandments.
November. Wheaton College.
2008 National Summit on Torture: Religious Faith, Torture, and Our
National Soul. September.
Mercer University/Evangelicals for Human Rights.
2008 International Conference on John Owen. August.
Westminster College. Cambridge University.
2008 International Barth Symposium in Emden. May.
Karl Barth im europäischen Zeitgeschehen (1935-1950).
2007 Guest Lecture. Villanova Peace and Justice Center. October.
Villanova University.
2007 Ecumenical Advocacy Days. March.
Presentation on Torture. Washington, DC.
2006 Guest Lecture. November.
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs,
Harvard University.
2006 Annual Cynthia Clark Wedel Lecture. November
Churches' Center for Theology and Public Policy.
Washington, DC.
2006 National Conference: Karl Barth on Scripture. June.
Princeton Theological Seminary.
2006 National Calvin Colloquium. January.
Erskine Theological Seminary.
2006 National Conference: Theology, International Law and Torture. January.
Princeton Theological Seminary.
2005 Panel: A Public-Morality Framework for American Policy. October.
Eisenhower Foundation, Washington, DC.
2004 International Colloquy on Eucharistic Fellowship. June.
Institute for Ecumenical Research. Strasbourg.
2004 Mackinnon Lectures. October.
Atlantic School of Theology.
2003. Scottish Journal of Theology Lectures. October.
Aberdeen University, Scotland.
2003 Guest Lecture. October.
St. Andrews University, Scotland.
2003 Malan Nel Lectures. August.
University of Pretoria. South Africa.
2002 Would an Invasion of Iraq Be a "Just War"? December.
Religion and Peacemaking Workshop.
United States Institute of Peace. Washington, DC.
2002 National Conference on the Lutheran/Catholic Joint Declaration. July.
Luther Theological Seminary. St. Paul, Minnesota.
2001 Ecumenical Colloquium on the papal encyclical Dominus Jesus. May.
With Francis J. Sullivan and George A. Lindbeck.
Andover Newton Theological School.
2000/2001 Seminar Leader. Leuenberg Barth Conference, Switzerland. Each July.
Leuenberg, Switzerland.
2000 Society for the Study of Theology. April.
Annual Meeting. Oxford University.
2000 Calvin Studies Society. Bi-annual Meeting. January.
Columbia Theological Seminary. Georgia.
1999 Guest Lecture. October.
The Jesuit Institute. Boston College.
1999 International Conference on the Future of Reformed Theology.
September. Cambridge University.
1999 International Barth Conference. June.
Princeton Theological Seminary.
1999 Consultation on Reformed Theology. March.
University of Heidelberg. Germany.
1998-99 Numerous national and local events concerning the new Presbyterian
1990 Keynote Lecture. September.
Conference on "Hans Frei and the Future of Theology."
Victoria University. Toronto.
1989 Three Lectures in San Jose, Costa Rica. April.
(1) Presenter. Consultation of Theologians from the North and the South.
Sponsored by National Council of Churches in the USA.
(2) Mackay Lectureship. Seminario Biblico.
(3) Lecture at the National University.
1988 Consultation on Peace, Justice and the Integrity of Creation. July.
Paper on the church's mission in the nuclear age.
Geneva, Switzerland.
Commissioned by the World Alliance of Reformed Churches
in preparation for their 1989 General Assembly.
1986 Karl Barth Centennial Year (1886-1986)
Presentations at five national Barth conferences.
1985-90 Consultant for Prentice-Hall, Inc.
Outside Reader of various book-length manuscripts (four in all) on
topics related to nuclear war.

Christian Doctrine I & II
Classics in Christian Theology
Doctoral Seminars: Calvin; Barth; Frei; Doctrine of Trinity
Modern Christology
The Eucharist and Ecumenism
Justification by Faith Alone
Toward a Theology of Nonviolence
Holy Scripture and Modern Criticism
Theology and Church: Protestantism, Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Pentecostalism
Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
Recent Reformed Theology
Reformed Dogmatics
Postliberal Theology
Nineteenth Century Religious Thought
Evil and the God of Love
Theology and Biblical Narrative
Current Issues in Disarmament
Recent Jewish Theology
Recent Feminist Theology
Latin American Liberation Theology
Environmental Theology
Introduction to Ethics I (Aristotle & J. Edwards)
Introduction to Ethics II (Kant & Kierkegaard)