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Карл Барт

Дата рождения: 10. Май 1886
Дата смерти: 10. Декабрь 1968

Карл Барт — швейцарский кальвинистский теолог, один из основателей так называемой диалектической теологии. Его «Церковная догматика» в 13 томах стала значительным событием в христианском мире XX века.


„Не знаю, в самом ли деле ангелы в присутствии Бога играют лишь Баха; но я уверен, что в своём домашнем кругу они играют Моцарта.“

„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.“


„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

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

„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.“

„As ministers we ought to speak of God. We are human, however, and so cannot speak of God. We ought therefore to recognize both our obligation and our inability and by that very recognition give glory to God“

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