A Surprising Correspondence: How an Exchange of Letters Between Karl Barth and Dorothy L. Sayers Models Gracious Theological Discourse


  • David W. McNutt Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois


David W. McNutt translates the renowned theologian Karl Barth’s communications to Dorothy L. Sayers, showing how the two thinkers and writers connected briefly but deeply over their Christian faith and theology. Barth eventually prefaced and translated into German Sayers’s work, The Greatest Drama Ever Staged. Barth’s letter to Sayers, as well as his foreword to her book, are published in English here for the first time.

Author Biography

David W. McNutt, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois

David W. McNutt (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is associate lecturer of Core Studies at Wheaton College, where he teaches courses in systematic theology, historical theology, theology and the arts, and philosophical aesthetics. He is also associate editor at IVP Academic, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, where he acquires and edits books in theology, philosophy, and church history and oversees several series, including Studies in Theology and the Arts, Dynamics of Christian Worship, New Explorations in Theology, and the Reformation Commentary on Scripture. His written work has appeared in several print and online journals, including International Journal of Systematic Theology, Religion and the Arts, Cultural Encounters, Christianity Today, Christ and Pop Culture, and Books & Culture. He is writing a book on Karl Barth's doctrine of creation, the arts, and a theology of creativity.