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Karl Barth

Data di nascita: 10. Maggio 1886
Data di morte: 10. Dicembre 1968

Karl Barth è stato un teologo e pastore riformato svizzero.

Frasi Karl Barth


„Hleďte, vánoční historie se neděje bez nás, my do té historie patříme.“ Vězňům otevření žaláře

„The nativity mystery “conceived from the Holy Spirit and born from the Virgin Mary”, means, that God became human, truly human out of his own grace. The miracle of the existence of Jesus, his “climbing down of God” is: Holy Spirit and Virgin Mary! Here is a human being, the Virgin Mary, and as he comes from God, Jesus comes also from this human being. Born of the Virgin Mary means a human origin for God. Jesus Christ is not only truly God, he is human like every one of us. He is human without limitation. He is not only similar to us, he is like us.“ Dogmatics in Outline


„Faith is not an art. Faith is not an achievement. Faith is not a good work of which some may boast while others can excuse themselves with a shrug of the shoulders for not being capable of it. It is a decisive insight of faith itself that all of us are incapable of faith in ourselves, whether we think of its preparation, beginning, continuation, or completion. In this respect believers understand unbelievers, skeptics, and atheists better than they understand themselves. Unlike unbelievers, they regard the impossibility of faith as necessary, not accidental...“ Reader

„God wants man to be His creature. Furthermore, He wants him to be His PARTNER. There is a causa Dei in the world. God wants light, not darkness. He wants cosmos, not chaos. He wants peace, not disorder. He wants man to administer and to receive justice rather than to inflict and to suffer injustice. He wants man to live according to the Spirit rather than according to the flesh. He wants man bound and pledged to Him rather than to any other authority. He wants man to live and not to die. Because He wills these things God is Lord, Shepherd, and Redeemer of man, who in His holiness and mercy meets His creature; who judges and forgives, rejects and receives, condemns and saves.“ The Humanity of God

„Holy Communion is offered to all, as surely as the living Jesus Christ is for all, as surely as all of us are not divided in him, but belong together as brothers and sisters, all of us poor sinners, all of us rich through his mercy. Amen.“ Deliverance to the Captives

„God has not the slightest need for our proofs.“ Dogmatics in Outline

„When we are at our wits' end for an answer, then the Holy Spirit can give us an answer. But how can He give us an answer when we are still well supplied with all sorts of answers of our own?“

„A quite specific astonishment stands at the beginning of every theological perception, inquiry, and thought.“ Evangelical Theology: An Introduction


„Evangelical theology is modest theology, because it is determined to be so by its object, that is, by him who is its subject.“ Evangelical Theology: An Introduction

„In the Credo the Church bows before that God Whom we did not seek and find—Who rather has sought and found us. Now“ Credo

„Thou shalt make no image, no abstraction, including none of THE American, THE Swiss, THE German.“ Evangelical Theology: An Introduction

„Láska musí mít stále před očima to, čím se vyznačuje společný manželský život, totiž oddanost, výlučnost a stálost; a musí se o to zřetelně a upřímně usilovat. Jinak to není láska.“


„Láska neklade otázky, láska dává odpovědi.“

„Těšit se znamená hledat příležitost odvděčit se.“

„Evangelium začíná žít teprve tam, kde křešťané stojí vedle jiných a vyznávají: my jsme ještě mnohem bezbožnější, viníky jsme my, my v církvi. Nebylo by v Evropě zpohanštělých davů, kdyby tu byla skutečná církev.“ Křesťanská revue 1936

„No one, however, can be content at this point to be a mere " layman," to be indolent, to be no more than a passive spectator or reader. No one is excused the task of asking questions or the more difficult task of providing and assessing answers. Preaching in the congregation, and the theology which serves its preparation, can be faithful to its theme and therefore relevant and adapted to the circumstances and edifying to the community, only if it is surrounded, sustained and constantly stimulated and fructified by the questions and answers of the community. With his own questions and answers in matters of right understanding
and doctrine, each individual Christian thus participates in what the community is commanded to do. If he holds aloof, or slackens, or allows himself to sleep, or wanders into speculation and error, he must not be surprised if sooner or later the same will have to be said about the community as such and particularly about its more responsible members. How many complaints about the "Church" would never be made if only those who make them were to realise that we ourselves are the Church, so that what it has or has not to say stands or falls with us. There can be no doubt that all the great errors which have overtaken the preaching and theology of the community in the course of its history have had their true origin, not so much in the studies of the well-known errorists and heretics who have merely blabbed them out, but rather in the secret inattention and neglect, the private drowsing and wandering and erring, of innumerable nameless Christians who were not prepared to regard the listening of the community to the Word as their own concern, who wanted privacy in their thinking, and who thus created the atmosphere in which heresy and error became possible and even inevitable in the community.“
Church Dogmatics

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