By Paul T. Nimmo
This ebook investigates the best 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 belief of moral business enterprise. It analyses this impression alongside 3 paths of inquiry: figuring out what's correct (the noetic dimension), doing what's correct (the ontic dimension), and attaining what's correct (the telic dimension). the 1st portion 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 supplier for Barth is taken into account in terms of the divine motion and the divine command. the ultimate part of the ebook examines the teleological function envisaged during this theological ethics by way of participation, witness, and glorification. At every one level of the publication, the powerful 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 quite a few opinions of Barth's notion of moral service provider. it truly is established that assets are available inside of this actualistic ontology to respond to many of the assorted criticisms, and that makes an attempt to revise Barth's theological ethics on the margins might have catastrophic and irreversible outcomes for his entire theological undertaking.
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703. H/2, p. 541. 48 Robert Willis, 'The Concept o f Responsibility in the Ethics o f Karl Barth a n d H. Richard Niebuhr', SJT 23 (1970), pp. 279-90 (286). 50 51 TCLy p. 3 5 . n / 2 , p. 5 1 1 . IH/2, p. 1 6 5 . TCU p. 36, DcU p. 54. 49 52 42 III/2, p. 410. * II/2, p. 727. 43 II/2, 47 p. 518. " H/2, p. 632. II/2, pp. 590-91. 22 THE COMMAND OF GOD revealing the Gospel - that is, the work of grace in which humanity is elected and set free - the Word of God also reveals the Law - that is, the divine claiming of that freedom and the subsequent divine judgment of the use made of it.
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.
65 Barth is therefore adamant that the history of humanity under the command of God 'really begins with the Gospel and not with the Law',66 and contends that 'The divine claim never stands alone. It is never uttered in abstractor either as that which in some way precedes the occurrence and proclamation of the grace of God, and is therefore primary, or as that which can only follow it, and is therefore secondary. '67 This view has profound implications for Barth's view of the Law in its aspect under the divine judgment as the law of sin and death.
Being in action: the theological shape of Barth's ethical vision by Paul T. Nimmo