Barth Bite for Friday January 15, 2016

Today I realized that of the fourteen volumes of Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics, four volumes are entitled “The Doctrine of Creation.” In my recent reading I found two sentences about that Sabbath that I like:
“The freedom, rest and joy of the Sabbath consists in the fact that on this day man is released from his daily work.”
“That he does not strive in vain towards this goal; that his work cannot devour him but consists of steps towards this goal, is confirmed at the end of each week by the proffered freedom, rest and joy of the workless Sabbath which he is granted. It is this which gives perspective and depth, meaning and lustre, to all his weeks, and therefore to his whole time, as well as to the work which he performs in his time.” – Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, Volume III.1, “The Doctrine of Creation,” page 214

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