Kenneth Oakes

Kenneth Oakes

Assistant Professor
Systematic Theology


B.A., B.S., Point Loma Nazarene University, 2002

M.T.S., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2004

Ph.D., University of Aberdeen, 2009 

Research and Teaching Interests

Kenneth Oakes specializes in modern Protestant thought as well as contemporary systematic and constructive theology. Within these broad areas, he has special interests in the theology of Karl Barth, theologies of creative retrieval, and theological appropriations of and engagements with modern and postmodern thought.

Recent Publications


Ed. 2016. Christian Wisdom Meets Modernity. London: T&T Clark/Bloomsbury Academic.

Co-author. 2015. Illuminating Faith: An Invitation to Theology. London: T&T Clark/Bloomsbury Academic.

Ed. 2014. Captive to Christ, Open to the World: On Doing Christian Ethics in Public. Eugene, Ore., Cascade Books. 

2012. Karl Barth on Theology and Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2011. Reading Karl Barth: A Companion to Karl Barth’s Epistle to the Romans. Eugene, Ore.: Cascade Books.

Book Chapters

2017: ‘Karl Barth’s Timely and Reformed Theology of Retrieval’, in Darren Sarisky (ed.), Theologies of Retrieval: An Exploration and Appraisal (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017)

2017. ‘Henri de Lubac and Protestantism’, in The T&T Clark Companion to Henri de Lubac, ed. Jordan Hillbert. London: T&T Clark/Bloomsbury Academic. 

2016. ‘Barth and Modernity, with Special Reference to Nietzsche’, in Christian Wisdom Meets Modernity, ed. Kenneth Oakes, pp. 93–109. London: T&T Clark/Bloomsbury Academic.

2015. ‘Normative Protestant Christology’, in The Oxford Handbook of Christology, ed. Francesca Murphy, pp. 569–81. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2015. ‘The Divine Perfections and the Economy: the Atonement’, in Theological Theology: Essays in Honor of John B. Webster, ed. R. David Nelson, Darren Sarisky, and Justin Stratis, pp. 237–46. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

2011. ‘The Cross and the Analogia Entis in Erich Przywara’, in The Analogy of Being: Invention of the Anti-Christ or the Wisdom of God?, ed. Thomas Joseph White, OP, pp. 147–71. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans Press.

Journal Articles and Review Essays

2016: Review of Martin Westerholm, The Ordering of the Christian Mind: Karl Barth and Theological Rationality (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), The Journal of Theological Studies (2016), 2 pp.

2015. ‘Some Lingering Doubts regarding von Balthasar on Barth’ (a response to D. Stephen Long’s Saving Karl Barth: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Preoccupation), Pro Ecclesia 24: 148–53.

2010. ‘Three Themes in Przywara’s Earlier Thought’, The Thomist 74: 283–310.

2009. ‘The Question of Nature and Grace in Karl Barth: Humanity as Creature and as Covenant-Partner’, Modern Theology 23: 595–616.


Originally from Southern California, Kenneth Oakes completed his PhD under the supervision of John Webster at the University of Aberdeen before taking up postdoctoral positions at the Universities of Tübingen and Notre Dame. He is co-editor of the book series "Illuminating Modernity" (Bloomsbury Academic) and is the section editor for systematic theology for Syndicate Theology