“Two monologues do not constitute a dialogue.” – Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, Volume III.2, The Doctrine of Creation, page 259.
“To the extent that we withhold and conceal ourselves, and therefore do not move any more out of ourselves to know others and to let ourselves be known by them, our existence is inhuman, even though in all other respects we exist at the highest level of humanity.” – Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, Volume III.2 The Doctrine of Creation, page 251
“Those who try to fight the Gospel always make caricatures, and they are then forced to fight these caricatures.” – Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, Volume III.2 The Doctrine of Creation, page 242.
I found this entry yesterday on Facebook from someone called Drew Yamamoto:
Luther, Calvin, and Barth have all died and gone to heaven. In successive order, each is given an audience with the Lord.
Luther walks in and spends several hours with the Lord. He eventually makes his way out and remarks to the others, “Boy, I understand justification so much better now.”
Calvin then enters the Lord’s house and remains there for several hours. Eventually, he exits and remarks to the others, “Boy, I understand election so much better now.”
Barth then enters and is inside for a very long time. He’s in there for a REALLY long time. Eventually, God walks out and remarks to the others, “Wow, I have no idea what that guy is talking about!”
“The Lord of speech is also the Lord of our hearing. The Lord who gives the Word is also the Lord who gives faith. The Lord of our hearing, the Lord who gives faith, the Lord by whose act the openness and readiness of man for the Word are true and actual, not another God but the one God in this way, is the Holy Spirit.” – Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, Volume I.1 The Doctrine of the Word of God, page 182
“Man exists only in his relation with God. And this relation is not peripheral but central, not incidental but essential to that which makes him a real man, himself.” – Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, Volume III.2, The Doctrine of Creation, page 123
Due in part to my laziness and in part to not finding a good Barth bite in the last few days, I have not posted a quote from Church Dogmatics. However today I found an entire paragraph that is worth quoting:
“If by the Word of God we are denied any capacity of our own to recognise our human nature as such, it is the same Word of God which enables us to know it, in a free demonstration of the free grace of God apart from and against our own capacity. In the Word of God the book is opened for us too. We are told that in spite of our sin God is still free in relation to us because He is the gracious God, and because man is still the creature to whom He is gracious. We are told what God knows in spite of our ignorance as He knows His mercy, which is not only the same but is new every morning. Thus in this apparently indirect but really most direct way of all we are given the clearest information concerning God and His nature and ourselves and ours.” Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, Volume III.2, The Doctrine of Creation, page 40