By William Werpehowski
This serious examine of Karl Barth's Christian theological ethics discusses Barth's debatable and usually misunderstood ethics of divine command. The amazing relation of his 'divine command ethics' to modern 'narrative theology' and 'virtue ethics' and particular ethical subject matters pertaining to bonds among mom and dad and kids, the character of fact telling, and the which means of Christian love of God and neighbor are all mentioned. This booklet unearths Barth's richness, intensity, and perception, and areas his paintings in confident reference to salient issues in either Catholic and Protestant ethics. conscious of the fullness of Barth's Christological imaginative and prescient and to the needs and boundaries of his reflections at the Christian existence in pursuit of the great, William Werpehowski additionally advances conversations in Christian ethics concerning the nature of functional deliberation and choice, the orientation and inclinations that include ethical faithfulness, and the query and lines of 'natural morality.'
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This idea will help us with the problem of preserving obedience to divine willings without conceding that the basis of our free obedience is a normative position which must be conceived to be independent of those willings themselves. Election and Command Consider first, by way of summary, the relevant features of Barth’s doctrines of election and divine command. From all eternity God has freely determined to turn to human beings, to be responsible to them, and to share covenant partnership with them.
The problem is that the “great distraction” of a metaphysics of being makes it impossible for the God of Roman Catholic thought truly to command and, just so, truly to be gracious. Linking the human person to a principle of being that harmonizes “nature and super-nature, reason and revelation, man and God,”14 itself establishes the imperative nature of morality; but because this “disposition” to participate in being, and to that extent to know the good, is conceived independently of divine election in Jesus Christ, it belongs properly to (and is in a sense the property of) the human person.
1 The moral agent is called upon merely to accept obediently God’s determination in his command. ”2 The stress on the uniqueness of the moment of moral decision-making reflects Barth’s belief that autonomous human reason cannot attain real knowledge of a moral order to the universe. Since humanity is so dependent on the command of God, who has graciously chosen in the election of Jesus Christ to be in covenant partnership with humanity, it is difficult to find a place for reasons for action in the moral lives of human beings.
Karl Barth and Christian Ethics: Living in Truth by William Werpehowski