Believing in the living Christ

We interrupt this hiatus to bring you the following cracking quote from Karl Barth, quoted in a 1962 TIME magazine cover story:

Do you want to believe in the living Christ? We may believe in him only if we believe in his corporeal resurrection. This is the content of the New Testament. We are always free to reject it, but not to modify it, nor to pretend that the New Testament tells something else. We may accept or refuse the message, but we may not change it.

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2 Responses to Believing in the living Christ

  1. Jim says:

    Ain’t that child #3 here yet? Whatchu doin’ bloggin’, boy? 🙂

    Anyway, I see your quote above, and raise you the following from the same article:

    In company with another disillusioned liberal pastor, Eduard
    Thurneysen, Barth went back over all his past theological and
    philosophical reading, finally returning to the Bible—a book,
    he discovered, which contained “divine thoughts about men,
    not human thoughts about God.”

    Gotta get me some Barth…

    [And I’m a Lutheran blog(ger), but I don’t admit it to many… 🙂 Given that I live in Missouri, I give you 0.5 guesses as to which denomination…]

  2. Andrew Hall says:

    This is an amazing quote from good ol’ (eek!) Karl Barth. I posted it at my blog as well. Thanks.

    Have you read much Barth? I’ve never read anything other than his Evangelical Theology: An Introduction. I know he has his detractors and praisers within confessing Lutheran and Reformed circles. Any thoughts?

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