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Conceiving Mary's Agency: Towards a Barthian Mariology

de Stigter, Christopher P.

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Chris De Stigter
PGR Student Doctor of Philosophy


This essay argues for the possibility of a ‘Barthian’ Mariology particularly through an analysis of human agency. I first show that Karl Barth's articulation of Mary in I/2 of the Church Dogmatics marginalizes Mary's agency in part due to his anti-Roman Catholic polemic and his gender binary. I then correct Barth with Barth by showing how his mature Christology advances an account of human agency commensurate with Mariology. With this Christological account of human agency established, I construct a genuinely ‘Barthian’ Mariology that shows her as the eschatological and prototypical human agent.


de Stigter, C. P. (2023). Conceiving Mary's Agency: Towards a Barthian Mariology. Modern Theology, 39(3), 388-412.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 23, 2022
Online Publication Date Dec 13, 2022
Publication Date 2023-07
Deposit Date Dec 13, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 5, 2023
Journal Modern Theology
Print ISSN 0266-7177
Electronic ISSN 1468-0025
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 3
Pages 388-412
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