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Barth’s most accessible books, for newcomers to his thought:

Dogmatics in Outline

Evangelical Theology: An Introduction

Deliverance to the Captives (Sermons to prisoners at Basel)

Church Dogmatics [Abridged] (A selection of key sections by Helmut Gollwitzer)

The Humanity of God 

Barth’s most important books:

Church Dogmatics [Complete] (14 volumes, Hendrickson hardback edition 2010; Latin and Greek texts are not translated in this edition, but it is usually the cheapest option for obtaining the whole set.)

T&T Clark Study Edition in 31 volumes (translates Greek and Latin texts):

“The Doctrine of the Word of God” — Volume I, in two parts: Volume I/1 §1-7Volume I/1 §8-12Volume I/2 §13-15Volume I/2 §16-18Volume I/2 §19-21Volume I/2 §22-24

“The Doctrine of God” — Volume II, in two parts: Volume II/1 §25-27Volume II/1 §28-30Volume II/1 §31Volume II/2 §32-33Volume II/2 §34-35Volume II/2 §36-39

“The Doctrine of Creation — Volume III, in four parts: Volume III/1 §40-42Volume III/2 §43-44Volume III/2 §45-46Volume III/2 §47Volume III/3 §48-49Volume III/3 §50-51Volume III/4 §52-54Volume III/4 §55-56

“The Doctrine of Reconciliation” — Volume IV, in four parts: Volume IV/1 §57-59Volume IV/1 §60Volume IV/1 §61-63Volume IV/2 §64Volume IV/2 §65-66Volume IV/2 §67-68Volume IV/3.1 §69Volume IV/3.2 §70-71Volume IV/3.2 §72-73Volume IV/4 (fragment) §75

General index: Volume V General Index

The Epistle to the Romans (Der Römerbrief, German Edition)

Anselm: Fides Quaerens Intellectum

The Christian Life (The “ethics of reconciliation”; fragments from lecture notes which would have made up Church Dogmatics volume IV/4)


Call For God

God’s Search for Man

Come, Holy Spirit

The Early Preaching of Karl Barth (Fourteen sermons with commentary by by William H. Willimon)

A Unique Time of God: Karl Barth’s WWI Sermons

The Word in this World


Christ and Adam: Man and Humanity in Romans 5

The Epistle to the Ephesians

Epistle to the Philippians

A Shorter Commentary on Romans

Witness to the Word: A Commentary on John 1

The Great Promise: Luke 1

Homiletics  (Thoughts on sermon preparation)



The Faith of the Church

Theology of the Reformed Confessions

Learning Jesus Christ Through the Heidelberg Catechism

The Knowledge of God and the Service of God According to the Teaching of the Reformation 

The Heidelberg Catechism for Today

Historical Theology:

Theology of John Calvin

The Theology of Schleiermacher

Protestant Theology in the Nineteenth Century

Lectures and other notable works:

The Word of God and Theology

The Göttingen Dogmatics

God Here and Now

The Resurrection of the Dead (1 Cor. 15)

The Word of God and the Word of Man

God In Action

The Holy Spirit and the Christian Life

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Against the Stream (Political writings)


Karl Barth’s Table Talk

Final Testimonies (Barth’s final public and written words)

Letters 1961-1968

Revolutionary Theology in the Making (Barth-Thurneysen correspondence)

Ad Limina Apostolorum: An Appraisal of Vatican II

Karl Barth once (allegedly) remarked to a student, “I haven’t even read everything I wrote!” It’s staggering just how much he produced in his lifetime, and not only in quantity but with a remarkable quality.

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Classic studies:

Karl Barth: His Life from Letters and Autobiographical Texts by Eberhard Busch

Barth’s Critically Realistic Dialectical Theology by Bruce McCormack

How to Read Karl Barth by George Hunsinger

God’s Being is In Becoming by Eberhard Jüngel

Alpha and Omega by Robert Jenson

Karl Barth: Biblical and Evangelical Theology by Thomas F. Torrance

Karl Barth: Introduction to His Early Theology by Thomas F. Torrance

The Theology of Karl Barth by Hans Urs Von Balthasar

Justification by Hans Küng

The Triumph of Grace by G. C. Berkouwer

General introductions:

The Cambridge Companion to Karl Barth ed. by John Webster

An Introduction to Barth’s Dogmatics for Preachers by Arnold B. Come

Introduction to the Theology of Karl Barth by Geoffrey W. Bromiley

The Great Passion by Eberhard Busch

Orthodox and Modern by Bruce McCormack

Reading Barth with Clarity by George Hunsinger

Disruptive Grace by George Hunsinger

Karl Barth by John Webster

Karl Barth: Theologian of Christian Witness by Joseph Mangina

Karl Barth in Plain English by Stephen D. Morrison

Detailed analysis:

God’s Being in Reconciliation by Adam Johnson (Atonement)

Thy Word is Truth by George Hunsinger (Scripture)

Trinitarian Theology After Barth  (Trinity, see my review here)

Barth’s Moral Theology by John Webster (Theological ethics)

The Analogy of Grace by Gerald McKenny (Theological ethics)

Citizenship in Heaven and on Earth by Alexander Massmann (Theological ethics)

Barth and God’s Story by David Ford (Scripture)

A Shared Mercy by Jon Coutts (Forgiveness)

Theology’s Epistemological Dilemma by Kevin Diller (Alvin Plantinga)

Karl Barth and American Evangelicalism ed. by Bruce McCormack and Clifford Anderson (Van Til)

The Resurrection in Karl Barth by Robert Dawson (The resurrection)

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Major works:

The Christian Doctrine of God

The Trinitarian Faith

The Mediation of Christ

Incarnation: Person and Life of Christ

Atonement: Person and Work of Christ

Theological Science

Evangelical theology:

Preaching Christ Today

A Passion for Christ

Reality and Evangelical Theology

Theology in Reconciliation

When Christ Comes and Comes Again (Sermons)

The Apocalypse Today (Sermons)

Divine Interpretation

Scottish Theology: from John Knox to John McLeod Campbell

Scientific theology:

God and Rationality

Reality and Scientific Theology

Transformation and Convergence in the Frame of Knowledge

Christian Theology and Scientific Culture

Space, Time and Incarnation

Divine and Contingent Order

The Ground and Grammar of Theology

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T. F. Torrance in Plain English by Stephen D. Morrison

How to Read T. F. Torrance by Elmer Colyer

The Promise of Trinitarian Theology ed. by Elmer Colyer

T. F. Torrance: An Intellectual Biography by Alister McGrath

Exploring Christology & Atonement by Andrew Purves

Thomas F. Torrance: Theologian of the Trinity by Paul D. Molnar

Theology in Transposition by Myk Habets

Trinitarian Grace and Participation by Geordie W. Ziegler

Encountering Reality by Travis M. Stevick

Flesh and Blood by Daniel Cameron

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Introductory books:

Jesus Christ for Today’s World

In the End—The Beginning

Power of the Powerless (sermons)

The Gospel of Liberation (sermons)

Major works:

Theology of Hope

The Crucified God

The Church in the Power of the Spirit

The Trinity and the Kingdom

God in Creation

The Way of Jesus Christ

The Spirit of Life: A Universal Affirmation

The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology

Experiences in Theology

Ethics of Hope

A Broad Place: An Autobiography

Other notable works:

The Living God and the Fullness of Life

The Source of Life

The Experiment Hope

God for Secular Society

Son of Righteousness, Arise!

The Passion for Life

On Human Being

Experiences of God

Science and Wisdom

Religion, Revolution, and the Future

The Open Church

Two Studies in the Theology of Bonhoeffer

Theology of Play

Theology and Joy (partial re-print of Theology of Play)

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General Introductions:

Moltmann: Messianic Theology in the Making by Richard Bauckham

The Theology of Jürgen Moltmann by Richard Bauckham

The Kingdom and the Power by Geiko Muller-Fahrenholz

Jürgen Moltmann in Plain English by Stephen D. Morrison (2018, forthcoming)


The Annihilation of Hell by Nicholas Ansell (read my review here)

God Will Be All in All ed. by Richard Bauckham

Pilgrimage of Love by Joy Ann McDougall

Theology as Hope by Ryan A. Neal (see my review here)

The Transformative Church by Patrick Oden (see my review here)

Embraced: Many Stories, One Destiny by Mark French Buchanan (see my review here)

God, Hope, and History by A.J. Conyers

Indwelling the Forsaken Other byJ. Matthew Bonzo

Origins of the Theology of Hope by M. Douglas Meeks

Logic of Promise in Moltmann’s Theology by Christopher Morse

Jürgen Moltmann and Evangelical Theology ed. by Sung Wook Chung (see my review here)

Future of Theology: Essays in Honor of Jürgen Moltmann ed. by Viroslav Molf

Love: The Foundation of Hope ed. by Frederic B. Burnham and Charles S. McCoy

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Major theological works:

Christian Faith (critical edition)

On the Glaubenslehre 

Brief Outline of Theology as a Field of Study

Christmas Eve Celebration: A Dialogue

On Religion (John Oman trans.)

On Religion (1799 edition, Richard Crouter trans.)

On Religion (Terrence Tice trans.)

Notable theological works:

The Life of Jesus 

On the Doctrine of Election

An Essay on the Trinity


Introduction to Christian Ethics

Selections from Schleiermacher’s Christian Ethics

On Christian Caring

Critical Essay on the Gospel of Luke


Selected Sermons

Servant of the Word

Reformed but Ever Reforming

Fifteen Sermons

Philosophical Works:

Dialectic or, The Art of Doing Philosophy

Hermeneutics and Criticism

Introduction to the Dialogues of Plato

Lectures on Philosophical Ethics

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