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The Trinitarian Dimensions of Ethics

NIGEL BIGGAR

in The Hastening that Waits

Published in print March 1993 | ISBN: 9780198264576
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682728 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198264576.003.0003

Series: Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics

The Trinitarian Dimensions of Ethics

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This chapter presents a synopsis of Barth's tripartite ‘special’ ethics, in which he expounded the three theological dimensions of the existential context in which the event of hearing God's command occurs. It draws heavily on the 1928–9 and the 1959–60 lectures. The aim throughout is to give an account of the ‘special’ ethics of the Church Dogmatics. But the 1928–9 lectures are used partly to help in conjecturing the outline of the third part of ‘special’ ethics in the Dogmatics (which Barth did not live to begin), and partly to draw out the significance of the Dogmatics' arrangement of ‘special’ ethics by comparing and contrasting it with an earlier version.

Keywords: Karl Barth; special ethics; command of God; hearing; Church Dogmatics

Chapter.  20188 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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