Barry Harvey, Ph.D.

Barry Harvey, Ph.D.
Professor of Theology
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Professor of Theology

  • Ph.D. - Duke University, Durham, NC (1987)Major: Christian Theology and Ethics - Academic Honors:Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship
  • M. Div. - The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY(1982)- Academic Honors: American Bible Society Award in Biblical Studies
  • M. Mus. Ed. - The University of Colorado at Boulder (1978)- Major: Music Education, Choral Literature and Conducting
  • B. Mus. Ed. - The University of Colorado at Boulder (1976)- Major: Music Education

An ordained Baptist minister and native of Denver, Colorado, Harvey is married to Sarah Harvey, who is also an ordained Baptist minister, and has two children: Rachel, who is a graduate of Baylor, and John, currently a student at Baylor.

Academic Interests and Research
Ecclesiology, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Herbert McCabe, ecumenical theology, ressourcement theology, theological interpretation of scripture, theology and social theory.
Professional Awards and Activities

American Academy of Religion

International Bonhoeffer Society, English Language Section - Member, Board of Directors (2004–present)

Member, Editorial Board, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, English Language Edition, published in conjunction with Fortress Press (1998–present)

National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion

Pro Ecclesia (A Journal of Catholic and Evangelical Theology) - Member, Advisory Council (2005–present)


Taking Hold of the Real: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Profound Worldliness of Christianity. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2015.

Can These Bones Live? A Catholic Baptist Engagement with Ecclesiology, Hermeneutics, and Social Theory. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2008.

StormFront: The Good News of God, with James V. Brownson, Inagrace T. Dietterich and Charles C. West. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2003.

Another City: An Ecclesiological Primer for a Post-Christian World. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 1999.

Politics of the Theological: Beyond the Piety and Power of A World Come of Age. New York: Peter Lang Publishing Co., 1995.

Selected Research Articles and Essays

“The Ironic Myth of a World Come of Age,” in Christian Humanism and Moral Formation in “A World Come of Age”: An Interdisciplinary Look at the Works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Marilynne Robinson, edited by Jens Zimmermann and Natalie Boldt. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars (forthcoming).

“Ransomed from Every Language: The Church as a Community of Word-Care,” Review and Expositor 112 (February 2015): 104–18.

“This As That: Friendly Amendments to James McClendon’s “baptist” Vision," Baptistic Theologies 6:1 (2014): 36–52.

“Into Lands As Yet Unknown: The Church’s Vocation of Not Belonging,” Perspectives in Religious Studies 41 (Fall 2014): ¬297–309.

“Religion, Race and Resistance: Extending Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Critique of Religion,” in A Spoke in the Wheel: The Political in the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer / Dem Rad in die Speichen Fallen: Das Politische in der Theologie Dietrich Bonhoeffers, edited by Kirsten Busch Nielsen, Ralf Wüstenberg and Jens Zimmermann. Gütersloh: Gütersloher, 2013, 150–63.

“The Dialogue of Catherine of Siena,” in Finding a Common Thread: Reading Great Texts from Homer to O’Connor, edited by Robert C. Roberts, Scott H. Moore and Donald D. Schmeltekopf. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2013, 151–67.

“For and Against Richard Rorty: Christian Convictions, Liberal Democracy, and the Christenfrage,” in Richard Rorty and Philosophical Theology: Christian Engagements with a Secular Philosopher, edited by Jacob L. Goodson and Brad Elliott Stone. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2012, 46–68.

“Whose Exclusion? Which Inclusion?” in Ecclesiology and Exclusion: Boundaries of Being and Belonging in Postmodern Times, edited by Dennis M. Doyle, Timothy R. Furry, and Pascal D. Bazzell. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012, 247–54.

“The Path of the Church’s Decision: Bonhoeffer on Church, ‘Politics’ and the State,” in Bonhoeffer, Religion and Politics (International Bonhoeffer Interpretations), edited by Christiane Tietz and Jens Zimmermann. New York: Peter Lang, 2012, 81–98.

“Re-Envisioning the Wall of Separation, or One and a Half Cheers for Secularization: Toward an Ecclesial Identity after Christendom,” in Questions of Identity: Studies in Honour of Brian Haymes, edited by Anthony Cross and Ruth Gouldbourne. Oxford, UK: Regent’s Park College, Oxford University, 2011, 50–66.

“The Narrow Path: Sociality, Ecclesiology and the Polyphony of Life in the Thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” in Being Human, Becoming Human: Bonhoeffer and Social Thought, edited by Brian Gregor and Jens Zimmermann, Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2010, 102–123.

“Life in Exile, Life in the Middle of the Village: A Contribution of Dietrich Bonhoeffer to a Post-Christendom Ecclesiology,” in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Theology Today: A Way Between Fundamentalism and Secularism?, edited by Christiane Tietz, Stephen J. Plant and John W. de Gruchy. Gütersloh: Gütersloher, 2009, 229–43.

"Preserving the World for Christ: Toward a Theological Engagement with the ‘Secular'," in Scottish Journal of Theology 61 (January 2008): 64–82.

"Augustine and Thomas Aquinas in the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer," in Bonhoeffer's Intellectual Formation: Theology and Philosophy in His Thought, edited by Peter Frick. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2008, 11–29.

"Accounting for Difference: Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Contribution to a Theological Critique of Culture," in Mysteries in the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, edited by Kirsten Busch, Ulrik Nissen and Christiane Tietz. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2007, 81–109.

"Imagination and Natural Evil," in Theology Today 63 (January 2007): 450–458.

"City of Carnage, City of Refuge: Accounting for the Wages of Reason in the Ecclesially-Based University," in Conflicting Allegiances: The Church-Based University in a Liberal Democratic Society, edited by Michael L. Budde and John Wright. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2004, 53–74.

"The Democratization of Science," First Things 101 (March 2000): 17¬–20.

"The Eucharistic Idiom of the Gospel," Pro Ecclesia 9 (Summer 2000): 297–318.

"The Body Politic of Christ: Theology, Social Analysis, and Bonhoeffer's Arcane Discipline," Modern Theology 13 (July 1997): 319–346.

"Insanity, Theocracy, and the Public Realm: Public Theology, the Church, and the Politics of Liberal Democracy," Modern Theology 10 (January 1994): 27–57.

Courses Taught at Baylor
  • REL 4353 Historical of Christian Theology II: 9th through 17th Centuries
  • REL 4354 Historical of Christian Theology III: 17th through 20th Centuries
  • REL 4390 Contemporary Christian Ethics Theory (a topics course in which I have taught seminars on a variety of themes):Atonement, Violence and Moral Reasoning Black and Latin American Liberation Theologies; Moral Theology of Thomas Aquinas
  • REL 5356 Contemporary Systematic Theologies
  • REL 5360 Contemporary Theological Problems (a topics course in which I have taught seminars on a variety of themes): Jewish-Christian Engagements; Christian Theology and Social Theory Narrative Theology and Biblical Hermeneutics
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