By Paul T. Nimmo
This booklet 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 enterprise. It analyses this impact alongside 3 paths of inquiry: figuring out 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 publication 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 enterprise for Barth is taken into account with regards to the divine motion and the divine command. the ultimate element of the publication examines the teleological function envisaged during this theological ethics by way of participation, witness, and glorification. At each one level of the ebook, the powerful interconnectedness of theological ethics and actualistic ontology within the Church Dogmatics is drawn out. the ensuing appreciation of the actualistic measurement which underlies the theological ethics of Karl Barth feeds right into a fruitful engagement with a number of reviews of Barth's belief of moral supplier. it's proven that assets are available inside this actualistic ontology to reply to many of the varied 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 venture.
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As Matheny later notes, 'If there is logical inconsistency in Barth's use of concepts, it has less to do with the way the categories are utilized than with the unfathomable character of the object of theological description to which no category or combination thereof is adequate', Dogmatics and Ethicsy p. 68. Bromiley, 'The Authority of Scripture in Karl Barth', p. 294. m Biggar, Hastening, p. 105. II/2, pp. 704-05. 37 BEING IN ACTION content, Barth argues with reference to the paradigmatic biblical passages on ethics that it is surely arbitrary to seek the biblical witness to God's command, and therefore what might be called biblical ethics, only or even primarily in these contexts.
442-56 (452), but argues that the ordering achieved full Christological precision only after his reconstrual of the doctrine of election in 1936, in 'Krisis und Gnade', p. 454. 64 This ordering is determined, for Barth, by the ordering of the perfections of God revealed in Jesus Christ, according to which 'the mercy of God must precede His righteousness, just as His grace . . 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.
As Hart notes, such an 'open system of known principles and laws . . 192 That crucial third dimension, so important to Barth, is one of history, relationship, and encounter. Obedience to the external command is clearly necessary, but is not in itself sufficient: what lies at the heart of the command is rather the question of relationship to God. '193 In relationship with God, the command of God attested throughout Scripture thus not only serves to determine the action of the ethical agent: it also serves to call her to determine her very being as a covenant-partner of God who loves her neighbour and belongs to Jesus Christ.
Being in action: the theological shape of Barth's ethical vision by Paul T. Nimmo