By Paul T. Nimmo
This ebook investigates the way the 'actualistic ontology' - i.e., the truth that God and human brokers are beings-in-act in a covenant courting - that underlies the Church Dogmatics of Karl Barth impacts his notion of moral company. It analyses this impact alongside 3 paths of inquiry: realizing what's correct (the noetic dimension), doing what's correct (the ontic dimension), and reaching what's correct (the telic dimension). the 1st part of the e-book explores the self-discipline of theological ethics as Barth construes it, either in its theoretical prestige and in its genuine perform. within the moment part, the ontological import of moral corporation for Barth is taken into account relating to the divine motion and the divine command. the ultimate component to the ebook examines the teleological goal envisaged during this theological ethics by way of participation, witness, and glorification. At every one level of the publication, the robust interconnectedness of theological ethics and actualistic ontology within the Church Dogmatics is drawn out. the consequent appreciation of the actualistic size which underlies the theological ethics of Karl Barth feeds right into a fruitful engagement with numerous reviews of Barth's perception of moral organization. it really is proven that assets are available inside this actualistic ontology to respond to many of the diversified criticisms, and that makes an attempt to revise Barth's theological ethics on the margins may have catastrophic and irreversible results for his entire theological venture.
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Extra resources for Being in action: the theological shape of Barth's ethical vision
One m a y derive substantive k n o w l e d g e o f the character and standards that the command of God will never violate', in 'Heterogeneity and Ethical Deliberation: Casuistry, Narrative, and Event in the Ethics of Karl Barth', ASCE 20 (2000), pp. 205-24 (217). 1/2, p. 684. 172 This solution leaves open the possibility that, as Geoffrey W. 17 However, it could be argued that Biggar's desire to find fixed 'moral principles' in Barth's ethics - which will be encountered again in the following chapter - hints at an unnecessary will to systematization which Barth stubbornly resists, and undervalues Barth's profound appreciation of the constancy of God.
1/2, p. 482. II/2, p. 672. W a t s o n , ' T h e Bible', p. 6 5 . Biggar, Hastening, p . 1 1 7 . Werpehowski notes more opaquely that 'Theological ethics is grounded in biblical ethics which, in turn, has as its grounding principle the understanding of the narrative shape and unity o f the w h o l e of the biblical witness', in 'Command and History in the Ethics of Karl Barth', p. 3 0 5 . 1 (1999), pp. 64-74 (64-65). 189 A second aspect of Barth's theology which emerges strongly at this point is the relational dimension of the command of God.
IV/2, p. 550. IV/2, p. 553. IV/2, p. 547, KD IV/2, p. 619. It is obedience that represents for Barth the true imitatio Christ, obedience which has nothing to do with an arbitrary self-emptying construed as 'a work which man can do to attain his own justification', IV/1, p. 629, and everything to do with a faith in humility which 'imitates Jesus Christ in whom it believes... [and] corresponds to Him', FV71, p. 635. Barth correspondingly notes that the formation and direction of the ethical agent by the Word of God (as the work of the Holy Spirit) is better construed in terms of 'following' rather than of Htnitatio', 1/2, p.
Being in action: the theological shape of Barth's ethical vision by Paul T. Nimmo