Chapter

The Problem of Ethics

Gerald Mckenny

in The Analogy of Grace

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582679
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722981 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582679.003.0002
The Problem of Ethics

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For Barth, God is not only the ground or source of the good but also accomplishes the good in our place. God's grace is expressed not only in God's response to our sinful rejection of the good but also, and even more fundamentally, in the events in which God both resolves on the good and brings it about. As such, grace interrupts our striving for the good, yet it also demands to be expressed in our action. But how can our action express grace without betraying it? This, for Barth, is the problem of ethics, and this chapter examines the major stages in the development of his moral theology to show how they formulate and attempt to resolve this problem.

Keywords: ambiguity of ethics; election; justification; sanctification; grace; pietism; rationalism; analogy

Chapter.  27256 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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