Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Barth the Environmentalist
I'm working on a paper right now on Karl barth's Church Dogmatics, III.4. The assignment is to wrestle with one of the ethical issues that Barth brings up in his doctrine of creation. III.4 is a work on theological ethics, it's a great starting point for reading and understanding Barth, especially from a pastoral perspective. I've chosen to look at Barth's section on "respect for life". I found this section especially powerful in how it deals with non-human life, i.e. plants and animals. Barth sets forth an ethical framework for respecting all created life. From this framework I'm attempting to develop a Bartian eco-theology, taking his ethical theology a few steps further for the 21st century. I'll post some of what I come up with later.