By Paul T. Nimmo
This publication investigates the 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 business enterprise. 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 component 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 corporation for Barth is taken into account relating to the divine motion and the divine command. the ultimate component of the booklet examines the teleological function envisaged during this theological ethics by way of participation, witness, and glorification. At every one degree of the e-book, the robust 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 various evaluations of Barth's perception of moral enterprise. it's validated that assets are available inside of this actualistic ontology to reply to a few 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 complete theological venture.
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116 Nevertheless, there are certain passages in Scripture - such as the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount - which seem precisely to offer a more timeless ethical instruction. 117 Barth acknowledges that in such passages, the command 'appears to be addressed to an indeterminate number of men, a n d . . 118 However, he considers these appearances deceptive, arising only because what confronts the individual in these texts is 'collections or summaries of 112 116 II/2, p. 671. II/2, p. 678.
459. 1/2, p. 538. Thomas Torrance, Karl Barth, p. 89. 1/2, p. 492. Barth argues that 'we should not and cannot go beyond the prophets and apostles . . to the pseudo-presence of revelation in itself, 1/2, p. 495. 94 However, the whole of the Church Dogmatics relies on the premise that this revelation of God through Scripture actually does take place in the Church. '96 As Francis Watson writes, 'Underlying . . 102 The misuse of Scripture in theological ethics Barth is clear that as the Word of God lives, acts and speaks in Scripture, so too the Word of God also commands.
4. 672. HI/4, p . 1 2 . In actualistic fashion, Barth asks h o w Scripture can be 'a witness of divine revelation, if the actual purpose, act and decision of God in His only-begotten S o n . . ', 1/ 2, p. 507. l2. 672. 113 The use of Scripture in theological ethics The rejection of the Bible as a simple ethical textbook leaves open the question of how Barth does view the role of the Bible in theological ethics. Given his stress on the concrete, historical actuality of the command of God, it might be feared that the Bible would be vitiated of all connection with or import for the discipline.
Being in action: the theological shape of Barth's ethical vision by Paul T. Nimmo