Conclusion: Karl Barth and Christian Ethics Today


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

Conclusion: Karl Barth and Christian Ethics Today

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This chapter begins with a discussion of Barth's ethics. It then addresses the question: How should Christian moralists today respond to Barth's ethics? The answer is that they should discard some of its features, adopt others, and in three important respects move beyond it. Among the elements of Barth's ethics that contemporary Christian moralists would be wise to adopt are the following: the concept of a personal vocation that finally determines moral duty in a concrete situation; the Christological information of the description of natural law or basic human goods; recognition of the complex interrelationship between Scripture, dogmatics, and ethics; and the importance of ‘religious’ acts or practices for the formation of moral character.

Keywords: Christian moralists; ethics; theology; natural law; religious acts; moral character

Chapter.  2778 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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