Being in Action: The Theological Shape of Barth's Ethical by Paul T. Nimmo

By Paul T. Nimmo

This publication investigates the best way the actualistic ontology - i.e, the truth that God and human brokers are beings-in-act in a covenant dating - that underlies the Church Dogmatics of Karl Barth impacts his belief of moral service provider. It analyses this influence alongside 3 paths of inquiry: realizing what's correct (the noetic size) doing what's correct (the ontic measurement) and attaining what's correct (the telic measurement) the 1st element of the e-book explores the self-discipline of theological ethics as Barth construes it, either in its theoretical prestige and in its real perform. within the moment part, the ontological import of moral business enterprise for Barth is taken into account on the subject of the divine motion and the divine command. the ultimate element of the publication examines the teleological objective envisaged during this theological ethics when it comes to participation, witness, and glorification.

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672. 156 n/2, p. 707. 162 Thus Thomas Torrance is right to note that Barth is careful 'to reject any nominalistic identification of biblical statements with the truth, . . 164 This acceptance and fulfilment are not fundamentally about appropriating the words of a historical book verbatim in the quest to secure a textbook of deontological ethics for the present. Rather, the commanding of God found in Scripture has to be understood, for Barth, 'as a call to the awakening to . . 165 The ethical agent is called to hear afresh the command of God to freedom and obedience as it is given in the power of the Holy Spirit through the historically specific command of God in the narrative of the Bible.

190 There is therefore no such thing as a command of God in the abstract, but only a command of God as part of a concrete relationship with an individual in the covenant of grace. 191 It may well have enhanced the human coherence of Barth's account, as well as making theological ethics a much easier discipline to negotiate. However, a nexus of absolute rules - even absolute rules open to change - can surely be nothing other than an abstraction from personal relationship and encounter. As Hart notes, such an 'open system of known principles and laws .

183 However, he insists that 'We cannot separate . . '184 Second, and consequently, this approach vitiates the unsatisfactory tendency in theological-ethical debate to degenerate into a trading of proof-texts. 186 The God attested not only in Scripture as a whole, but also in each and every portion, is the same God whose command it is the task of theological ethics to reflect upon and hear and obey. 187 Finally, this approach retains even within the context of theological ethics the important truth that while the Law is indeed the form of the Gospel, the Gospel is the primary message of Scripture.

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