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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 50 years ago, just prior to Barth’s 30-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).

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  • Featues a key title from Karl Barth
  • Examines an important topic from a Reformed twentieth-century perspective
  • Provides biblical exegesis combined with deep concern for theological orthodoxy'

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“As we will, we are. What we do, we are. Man does not exist and also act. He exists as he acts. His action, his stepping forth or appearance (existere), is his existence.” (Pages 16–17)

“ever erring and fallible voice of our own heart which is constantly resisted and refuted?” (Page 476)

Karl Barth

Karl Barth (May 10, 1886–December 10, 1968) was a twentieth-century Swiss theologian in the Reformed tradition. A vigorous opponent of theological liberalism and modernism, he is sometimes called “the Father of Neo-Orthodoxy.”

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