The Analogy of Grace: Karl Barths Moral Theology by Gerald Mckenny

The Analogy of Grace: Karl Barths Moral Theology

byGerald Mckenny

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Once considered inimical to ethics, Karl Barth's theology is now rightly recognized for the central role ethics plays in it. But can Barth be safely placed in the mainstream tradition of Christian moral theology or does he offer a challenge to the latter? Gerald McKenny argues that the claimthat God not only establishes the good from eternity but also brings it about in time is of fundamental importance to Barth's mature ethics. The good confronts us from the site of its fulfilment in Jesus Christ, who has accomplished it in our place. The result is a vision of the moral life as ahuman analogy to God's grace, a vision which contrasts with the bourgeois vision of the moral life as an expression of human capability. Barth's moral theology is presented here as the attempt to reorder ethical thought and practice in light of this fundamental claim. This lucid and well-argued study is the most comprehensive treatment of Barth's ethics to date, offering a thorough account of the development of Barth's ethicalthought and a wide-ranging analysis of its chief concepts and arguments. McKenny explains why certain widespread assumptions about Barth's moral theology are mistaken and explores the rich, complex, and often surprising ways in which Barth's position engages the traditions of Christian ethics andmodern continental moral thought. Above all, McKenny shows why Barth's moral theology deserves our attention in spite of, or rather because of, its uneasy fit in the mainstream tradition of Christian moral theology.

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Gerald McKenny is Walter Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, USA.
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Title:The Analogy of Grace: Karl Barths Moral TheologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pagesPublished:March 5, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: An Overview of Barth's Moral Theology1. The Problem of Ethics2. Barth's Moral Theology and Modern Ethics3. Dogmatics and Ethics4. The Divine Claim5. Human Moral Action6. Ethical Reflection and Instruction

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"...an excellent study full of critical insight that will enable readers to pursue multiple areas of intellectual interest...This is a careful piece of work that offers an enjoyable resource for engaging with Barth. I have already added it firmly to my Barth-course reading list." --John C. McDowell, Theology 29/11/2011