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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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Human Moral Action

Human Moral Action

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(p.201) 5 Human Moral Action
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The Analogy of Grace
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Gerald McKenny (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582679.003.0006

If Jesus Christ has accomplished the good in our place and summons us to confirm it in our own conduct, it is clear that there is a place for human action in Barth's moral theology. But if the good is already accomplished, what significance can human action possibly have? This chapter examines the meaning, reality, and limitations of human action in Barth's moral theology in light of the central notion of Christ's accomplishment of the good in our place. His fundamental claim is that God's grace does not nullify human action or deprive it of significance but rather establishes it by empowering it to be, in its very creaturely nature, an analogy of grace.

Keywords:   moral action, Holy Spirit, Sabbath commandment, gratitude, analogy, sacramental mystery, justification, sanctification

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