Barth Bite for Saturday March 12, 2016

I simply cannot imagine the eagerness with which thousands of my Facebook family, friends, and followers have awaited a Barth Bite, only to be grievously disappointed by not finding one since March 7. So today I want to reward your curiosity and perseverance with the following bite:
“The Greek conception of the soul as a second and higher ‘part,’ as an imperishable, if possible pre-existent, and in any case immortal spiritual substance of human reality, contrasted with the body as its lower and mortal part–the conception of the soul as a captive in the prison of its body, is quite unbiblical.” – Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, Volume III.2, The Doctrine of Creation, page 378.

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