Karl Barth Quotes

Religion is the possibility of the removal of every ground of confidence except confidence in God alone

Karl Barth

The goal of human life is not death but resurrection.

Karl Barth

Religion is the possibility of the removal of every ground of confidence except confidence in God alone

Karl Barth

Faith is never identical with piety.

Karl Barth

Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God

Karl Barth

Jews have God's promise and if we Christians have it, too, then it is only as those chosen with them, as guests in their house, that we are new wood grafted onto their tree.

Karl Barth

Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.

Karl Barth

The goal of human life is not death but resurrection.

Karl Barth

The saving of anyone is something which is not in the power of man, but only of God. No one can be saved in virtue of what he can do. Everyone can be saved in virtue of what God can do. The divine claim takes the form that it puts both the obedient and the disobedient together and compels them to realise this, to recognise their common status in face of the commanding God.

Karl Barth

Man can certainly keep on lying (and he does so); but he cannot make truth falsehood. He can certainly rebel (he does so); but he can accomplish nothing which abolishes the choice of God. He can certainly flee from God (he does so) ; but he cannot escape Him. He can certainly hate God and be hateful to God (he does and is so) ; but he cannot change into its opposite the eternal love of God which triumphs even in His hate. He can certainly give himself to isolation (he does so he thinks, wills and behaves godlessly, and is godless) ; but even in his isolation he must demonstrate that which he wishes to controvert the impossibility of playing the "individual" over against God. He may let go of God, but God does not let go of him.

Karl Barth

God is personal, but personal in an incomprehensible way, in so far as the conception of his personality surpasses all our views of personality.

Karl Barth

Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God

Karl Barth

In Jesus, God wills to be true God not only in the height but also in the depth – in the depth of human creatureliness, sinfulness and mortality.

Karl Barth

Grace must find expression in life, otherwise it is not grace.

Karl Barth

Jews have God's promise and if we Christians have it, too, then it is only as those chosen with them, as guests in their house, that we are new wood grafted onto their tree.

Karl Barth

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