George Hunsinger

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George Hunsinger is an American theologian who is Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He served as director of the Seminary’s Center for Karl Barth Studies from 1997 to 2001.[1]

Educational background and career[edit]

Hunsinger graduated from Stanford University with honors in Humanities. He then received a Bachelor of Divinity degree cum laude from Harvard Divinity School and an MA, MPhil, and PhD from Yale University. Throughout his career his work has focused largely on the theology of Karl Barth. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Hunsinger was the recipient of the 2010 Karl Barth Prize. Previous recipients include Eberhard Jüngel, Hans Küng, John W. de Gruchy, Johannes Rau, and Bruce McCormack.[2]

In 2006 he convened the Princeton conference at which the National Religious Campaign Against Torture was founded.[3]

Hunsinger has also been associated with postliberalism. Along these lines, he is viewed as an authoritative interpreter of the work of his teacher Hans Frei.

He has a long history of anti-war and human rights activism and was also an open critic of the war in Iraq, publishing his first article against it in 2002, before the war was launched. He walked the picket lines with Cesar Chavez, worked for William Sloane Coffin, Jr. at the Riverside Church Disarmamament Program, and was twice arrested with Daniel Berrigan in Good Friday protests against nuclear weapons in Manhattan.

Immediately after graduating from college, he lived and taught in Bedford-Stuyvesant in a store-front school for high school dropouts sponsored by the New York Urban League.

From 2003 to 2008 he was active in the ecumenical movement through the Faith and Order commission and has written on issues related to ecumenism.[2] He served as a delegate to the official Reformed/Roman Catholic International Dialogue (2011-2016), where he was instrumental in prompting the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) to affiliate with the historic "Joint Declaration on Justification" (JDDJ). He contributed to the official WCRC "signing statement" to the JDDJ, as ratified in July 2017, at the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

In 2016 his book The Beatitudes (Paulist Press) was awarded "First Place in Spirituality" by the Catholic Press Association of America and Canada.

Since 2001 he has been the McCord Professor of Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Major publications[edit]

  • 1991. How to Read Karl Barth: The Shape of His Theology, Oxford University Press.
  • 2001. Disruptive Grace: Studies in the Theology of Karl Barth, Wm. B. Eerdmans.
  • 2004. For the Sake of the World: Karl Barth and the Future of Ecclesial Theology, Wm. B. Eerdmans.
  • 2008. The Eucharist and Ecumenism: Let Us Keep the Feast, Current Issues in Theology, Cambridge University Press.
  • 2008. Torture Is a Moral Issue: Christians, Jews, Muslims, and People of Conscience Speak Out, Wm. B. Eerdmans.
  • 2015. Reading Barth with Charity: A Hermeneutical Proposal, Baker Academic.
  • 2015. Evangelical, Catholic, and Reformed: Doctrinal Essays on Barth and Related Themes, Wm. B. Eerdmans.
  • 2015. Conversational Theology: Essays on Ecumenical, Postliberal, and Political Themes, T&T Clark.
  • 2015. The Beatitudes, Paulist Press.

· 2017. "Karl Barth and Radical Politics," Second Edition. Wipf and Stock.

· 2018. "Karl, Barth, the Jews, and Judaism," Wm. B. Eerdmans.

· 2018. "Karl Barth: Postholocaust Theologian?" T&T Clark.


  1. ^ "Prof George Hunsinger PTS Faculty Page". Retrieved 3 April 2013.
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  3. ^ "What is NRCAT?". National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Retrieved 5 April 2013.