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Karl Barth

Data de nascimento: 10. Maio 1886
Data de falecimento: 10. Dezembro 1968

Karl Barth foi um teólogo cristão-protestante, pastor da Igreja Reformada e um dos líderes da teologia dialética e da neo-ortodoxia protestante.


„Os teólogos devem ler a Bíblia, mas também os periódicos.“

„Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.“


„To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.“

„Prayer without study would be empty. Study without prayer would be blind.“ Evangelical Theology: An Introduction

„Jesus does not give recipes that show the way to God as other teachers of religion do. He is Himself the way“

„The person who knows only his side of the argument knows little of that.“

„Take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspapers from your Bible.“

„In the Church of Jesus Christ there can and should be no non-theologians.“


„This much is certain, that we have no theological right to set any sort of limits to the loving-kindness of God which has appeared in Jesus Christ. Our theological duty is to see and understand it as being still greater than we had seen before.“ The Humanity of God

„The theologian who labors without joy is not a theologian at all. Sulky faces, morose thoughts and boring ways of speaking are intolerable in this field.“

„It may be that when the angels go about their task praising God, they play only Bach. I am sure, however, that when they are togetherthey play Mozart.“

„I haven't even read everything I wrote.“


„Theology is not a private subject for theologians only. Nor is it a private subject for professors. Fortunately, there have always been pastors who have understood more about theology than most professors. Nor is theology a private subject of study for pastors. Fortunately, there have repeatedly been congregation members, and often whole congregations, who have pursued theology energetically while their pastors were theological infants or barbarians. Theology is a matter for the Church.“

„...'joy' in Phillippians is a defiant 'Nevertheless!' that Paul sets like a full stop against the Philippians' anxiety...“ The Epistle to the Philippians

„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

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