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The Analogy of GraceKarl Barth's Moral Theology$
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Gerald McKenny

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199582679

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582679.001.0001

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The Problem of Ethics

The Problem of Ethics

(p.23) 1 The Problem of Ethics
The Analogy of Grace

Gerald Mckenny

Oxford University Press

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

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