Barth Bite for Tuesday, September 22, 2015

“Power in itself is not merely neutral.  Power in itself is evil.  It is nothing less than freedom from restraint and suppression; revolt and domination.  If power by itself were the omnipotence of God it would mean that God was evil, that He was the spirit of revolution and tyranny par excellence.”

– Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, Volume II.1, page 524

Barth Bite for Sunday, September 20, 2015

“His communication with man in the partnership based on His election is so real and so definitely miraculous, and it is the concrete form of the hope given the believer by the opening up of the depth and perspective of creation, that man is not merely permitted to hear God, to answer Him, to worship Him, and in that worship to find comfort, peace and purity, but he may actually call upon God in the most definite way to do for him and give him what he needs, with the expectation that God will do it, and in His wisdom give him what he needs.”

Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, Volume II.1, page 510.