The Ecclesial Matrix of Ethics and Character


in The Hastening that Waits

Published in print March 1993 | ISBN: 9780198264576
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682728 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics

The Ecclesial Matrix of Ethics and Character

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This chapter considers a second source for ethics: the Church. Because of the crucial importance of the concept of personal encounters in Barth's theology, the ethical role of the Christian Church that receives the most direct attention is that of making dialogue with others, an idea which is basic to the process of moral deliberation. But it is not the only ethical role that Barth attributes to the Church. Another one is that of comprising a school for the formation of character. This is a controversial assertion which will need some extensive justification; for there are some who doubt that Barth's ethics has any secure place for character and its formation at all.

Keywords: Karl Barth; theology; ethics; Christian Church

Chapter.  9924 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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