Ethics

Ethics

by Karl Barth

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Overview

Originally published in German in an edition edited by Dietrich Braun, Karl Barth's Ethics is at last available in English. This volume, containing lectures given as courses at the University at Munster in 1928 and 1929, represents Barth's first systematic attempt at a theological account of Christian ethics.

Although composed over fifty years ago, just prior to Barth's thirty-year devotion to Church Dogmatics, many of its themes, problems, and conclusions are astonishingly relevant today (his critique of competitiveness and of technology, for example). While this work is concerned with the foundations of ethics, it also reveals Barth's highly practical interest in ethics and his special concern to avoid legalism and yet to maintain a structured divine command.

Barth's ethics are arranged on a Trinitarian basis, dealing in succession with the command of God the Creator (life), the command of God the Reconciler (law), and the command of God the Redeemer (promise).

"It is then a work of the greatest interest showing the development of Barth through the liberal period of thought toward a more positive and theologically grounded ethic, which he later developed under the rubric of the command of God."
--Thomas F. Torrance

Geoffrey W. Bromiley, General Editor of the new, revised edition of the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, is Professor Emeritus of Church History and Historical Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625643759
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 916,884
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Geoffrey W. Bromiley, General Editor of the new, revised edition of the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, is Professor Emeritus of Church History and Historical Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.

Table of Contents

Translator's Preface vi

Editor's Preface vii

Abbreviations x

Ethics I 1928

Introduction

§1 Ethics and Dogmatics 3

§2 Theological and Philosophical Ethics 19

§3 The Way of Theological Ethics 45

Chapter 1 The Reality of the Divine Command

§4 The Revelation of the Command 63

§5 The Command as the Command of God 73

§6 The Command of God as the Judgment of God 87

Chapter 2 The Command of God the Creator

§7 The Command of Life 117

§8 Calling 173

§9 Order 208

§10 Faith 246

Ethics II 1928/1929

Chapter 3 The Command of God the Reconciler

§11 The Command of Law 261

§12 Authority 349

§13 Humility 399

§14 Love 451

Chapter 4 The Command of God the Redeemer

§15 The Command of Promise 461

§16 Conscience 475

§17 Gratitude 497

§18 Hope 512

Appendix: Theses on Church and State 517

Indexes

I Scripture References 522

II Names 525

III Subjects 527

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