The Hastening That Waits: Karl Barth's Ethics / Edition 1

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This book offers a fresh and up-to-date account of the ethical thought of one of the twentieth century's greatest theologians: Karl Barth. The author seeks to recover Barth's ethics from some widespread misunderstandings, and also presents a picture of them as a whole. Drawing on recently published sources, Dr Biggar construes the ethics of the Church Dogmatics as it might have been had Barth lived to complete it - not only separately in each of its three constituent dimensions but also in its dynamic, coinherent integrity. However, The Hastening that Waits is more than apology and description. For it recommends to contemporary Christian ethics the theological rigour with which Barth expounds the good life in terms of the living presence of God-in-Christ to his creatures; his conception of right human action as that which is able to hasten in the service of humanity precisely by waiting prayerfully upon God; and his discriminate openness to moral wisdom outside of the Christian church. Among the particular topics treated are: the concepts of human freedom and of created moral order; moral norms and their relation to individual vocation; the relative ethical roles of the Bible, the Church, philosophy, and empirical science; moral character and its formation; and the problem of war.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198263906
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Series: Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Lexile: 1600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Wycliffe Hall, Oxford
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Ethics as an Aid to Hearing 7
2 The Trinitarian Dimensions of Ethics 46
3 Biblical Indications 97
4 The Ecclesial Matrix of Ethics and Character 123
5 Eavesdropping in the World 146
Conclusion 162
App. 1. The Divine Commission of an Independent Switzerland 167
App. 2. Ethics and Hearing God's Command 176
App. 3. The Opus Proprium of the State 178
App. 4. The Political Application of the Analogia Fidei 180
Bibliography 183
Index 191
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