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Being in Action : The Theological Shape of Barth's Ethical Vision - Paul T Nimmo

Being in Action

The Theological Shape of Barth's Ethical Vision

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This book investigates the way in which the 'actualistic ontology' - i.e., the fact that God and human agents are beings-in-act in a covenant relationship - that underlies the Church Dogmatics of Karl Barth affects his conception of ethical agency. It analyses this effect along three paths of inquiry: knowing what is right (the noetic dimension), doing what is right (the ontic dimension), and achieving what is right (the telic dimension). The first section of the book explores the discipline of theological ethics as Barth construes it, both in its theoretical status and in its actual practice. In the second section, the ontological import of ethical agency for Barth is considered in relation to the divine action and the divine command. The final section of the book examines the teleological purpose envisaged in this theological ethics in terms of participation, witness, and glorification.

At each stage of the book, the strong interconnectedness of theological ethics and actualistic ontology in the Church Dogmatics is drawn out. The resultant appreciation of the actualistic dimension which underlies the theological ethics of Karl Barth feeds into a fruitful engagement with a variety of critiques of Barth's conception of ethical agency. It is demonstrated that resources can be found within this actualistic ontology to answer some of the diverse criticisms, and that attempts to revise Barth's theological ethics at the margins would have catastrophic and irreversible consequences for his whole theological project.

Review in Theological Book Review, Volume 20, No 2, 2008 "A welcome contribution to the developing literature on Barth's ethics." Journal of Reformed Theology, 2008. 'It is no exaggeration to say that, with this work, Mr. Nimmo has already established himself at the front-ranks of researchers in the theology of Karl Barth.' Bruce McCormack, Princeton Theological Seminary--Sanford Lakoff

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Noetic Aspects of Being in Action
The Command of Godp. 17
The Discipline of Theological Ethicsp. 41
The Practice of Theological Ethicsp. 62
Ontic Aspects of Being in Action
The Ethical Agentp. 87
Human Action and Divine Actionp. 110
The Way of Ethical Actionp. 136
Telic Aspects of Being in Action
The Telos of Ethical Actionp. 171
Conclusionp. 187
Bibliographyp. 192
Index of Namesp. 199
Index of Subjectsp. 201
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ISBN: 9780567031495
ISBN-10: 0567031497
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 15th February 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.2  x 2.21
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1