Fleeing to God’s mercy

My eyes are tired and my brain numb today after reading ten pages of small print in Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics. I wish Barth had had a more readable style or a good editor who would have made him trim down his wordiness. I wish the esteemed Swiss theologian had heeded the words of Augustine which he quoted (in Latin) at the end of Volume 1.1 of Church Dogmatics: “Free me, God, from the wordiness which afflicts me in my soul and which, wretched in your sight, flees to your mercy.” I wish Barth had made that prayer his own. Instead he inflicted his readers with an additional 8,000 pages of dense wordiness often in tiny print. It is Barth’s readers who now have to flee to God’s mercy.

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