Clearing a Space for Human Action

Ethical Ontology in the Early Theology of Karl Barth

by Archibald James Spencer (Author)
Monographs VII, 341 Pages
Series: Issues in Systematic Theology, Volume 10


Clearing a Space for Human Action demonstrates how Karl Barth’s concern for ethical description cannot be separated from his concern for a proper theological description of the God-human relationship. Early in his career, Barth attempted to describe human ethical agency in terms that respected the co-inherence of dogmatics and ethics, but in such a way that neither human nor divine agency suffered absorption into the other. This book’s conclusion calls for a treatment of Barth’s Dogmatics as a sustained theological ethical ontology. Only then can we hope to understand Barth’s treatment of the human and the Divine in other parts of the Dogmatics.


VII, 341
ISBN (Hardcover)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2003. VII, 341 pp.

Biographical notes

Archibald James Spencer (Author)

The Author: Archibald James Spencer currently holds the John H. Pickford chair in Systematic Theology at Northwest Baptist Seminary in the Associated Canadian Theological Schools, which is the Graduate School of Theology for Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. He received his Th.D. from Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, where he specialized in the theology of Karl Barth.


Title: Clearing a Space for Human Action