Congratulations to Westminster Seminary California (’04) alumnus and sometime lecturer in Historical Theology at WSC, Ryan Glomsrud (MA, Historical Theology), on the successful completion and defense of his Oxford DPhil thesis on Karl Barth. Here’s a précis:
Ryan D. Glomsrud, “Karl Barth Between Pietism & Orthodoxy: A Post-Enlightenment Ressourcement of Classical Protestantism” (D.Phil. diss., Pembroke College, University of Oxford, 2009).
“This dissertation evaluates Karl Barth as an intellectual historian of classical Protestantism and a constructive Christian thinker in the context of the Weimar Republic. I explore his interpretation and appropriation of the sixteenth-century Reformation (especially John Calvin) and key Protestant scholastic texts of systematic or dogmatic theology, all as part of his project to construct a viable alternative to certain varieties of post-Kantian Christianity. I argue that this ressourcement was mediated by the same neo-Protestant tradition of nineteenth-century pietism and historicism that Barth was seeking to overcome, a point which is important for understanding his somewhat idiosyncratic reading of the pre-critical tradition. Clarifying the nature of his relationship to the religious subjectivity of Friedrich Schleiermacher and the modern age generally, I show that Barth was also an heir of what could be called a German-Romantic tradition of intellectual dissent, thus relating him to Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Franz Overbeck, and Dostoevsky, figures who were dissatisfied with the reigning academic and bourgeois approach to religion, culture, and intellectual life in the modern world. The interdisciplinary nature of this project requires that I reposition Barth as a mediator between orthodoxy and pietism, the Reformation and Protestant liberalism, with the help of early modern scholarship and contemporary historical theology.”