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Conceiving Mary's Agency: Towards a Barthian Mariology

de Stigter, Christopher P.

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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. (in press). Conceiving Mary's Agency: Towards a Barthian Mariology. Modern Theology,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 23, 2022
Online Publication Date Dec 13, 2022
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


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