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Where God May Speak

And for the first quote from my brand new, and freaking awesome Barth set, I give you a quote from CD I/1 that, contrary to many of the “invention of the antichrist”-type caricatures of Barth, exhibits his quite robust theology of creation, culture, and revelation:

“If the question [of] what God can do forces theology to be humble, the question [of] what is commanded forces it to concrete obedience. God may speak to us through Russian Communism, a flute concerto, a blossoming shrub, or a dead dog. We do well to listen to Him if He really does. . . . God make speak to us through a pagan or an atheist, and thus give us to understand that the boundary between the Church and the secular world can still take at any time a different course from that which we think we discern.” (CD I/1, 55)

3 Comments

  1. Hill wrote:

    It’s usually difficult to caricature someone via direct quote. One or two stupid or rhetorically injudicious quotes don’t damn a person, though.

    Monday, May 11, 2009 at 11:32 am | Permalink
  2. Halden wrote:

    For which I thank God every day.

    Monday, May 11, 2009 at 11:59 am | Permalink
  3. Hill wrote:

    Indeed.

    Monday, May 11, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

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