Saturday, June 30, 2007

Karl Barth on Faith

“Instead of investing energy in trying to demonstrate or prove the viability and truth of Christian belief, Barth assumes it and then seeks to describe it… From Barth’s perspective, theology could recover its essential integrity only when it came to realize that it was utterly dependent on God’s self-revelation in Jesus Christ, which constituted its only possible basis.  Dependence on revelation means that we cannot assume that we know in advance what reality and the nature of rationality look like and then assess revelation and Christian faith by these predetermined standards.  Instead we must begin with faith in Jesus Christ and only then attempt to explain the internal rationality and intelligibility of such faith.”
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