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dc.contributor.authorVincent, Elizabeth Carlson.en
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-22T12:49:26Z
dc.date.available2018-05-22T12:49:26Z
dc.date.issued1993en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/30877
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dc.description.abstractThe theology and ethics of Karl Barth have, over many decades, proven to be provocative. Barth's dialectical methodology in approaching questions of theology emphasized the gap that exists between a holy God and a fallen humanity. However, Barth's Christology bridges the gap between a transcendent and imminent God.en
dc.description.abstractIn this work, the author seeks to examine the ethics of Karl Barth, with special reference to his doctrine of revelation and theological ordering of gospel and law. This thesis intends to discuss the link between Barth's theology and ethics; a link we believe was established as early as 1924 with the anhypostasisenhypostasis Christological formula. By establishing a bridge between the 'wholly otherness' of God through the anhypostasis-enhypostasis formula and therefore a fully divine-fully human Christ, Barth found a means by which to bring God into history, and thus into the affairs of humanity, including ethics.en
dc.description.abstractBecause Barth's doctrine of revelation elucidates the God who is gracious from eternity, Barth re-defines the inversion of law and gospel: gospel and law for Barth, symbolizes the YES of God to humanity — a YES that will impact Barth's entire approach to ethics.en
dc.description.abstractAs all of humanity is under the realm of redemption, so too, is ethics. This placing of ethics within the sphere of redemption creates problems for Barth such as absolutism and subjectivism. Reinhold Niebuhr provides a helpful launching point for our own critique of the Barthian ethic, as seen through its response to communism in Hungary in the 1950s. This work will, therefore, not only examine the development of Barth's doctrine of revelation and ordering of gospel and law, but will also discuss the implications of these two subjects for Barth's ethics. In so doing, we will conclude that while interesting, Barth's ethic falls short in daily affairs because of Barth's view of history, church and state, his rejection of norms, and his neglect of the role of the Spirit within ethics. Had Barth been willing to accept a revised form of norms held under the sovereignty of God, we believe his ethics would have had the possibility of making a greater impact on humankind.en
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.relation.ispartofAnnexe Thesis Digitisation Project 2018 Block 19en
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dc.titleEthics from above or below?: a study in the development of the ethics of Karl Barth with special reference to his doctrine of revelation and his theological ordering of gospel and lawen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen


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