Thursday, July 1, 2010

Barth--Prayer and Knowledge of God

This is an awesome quote!

"Lead us not into temptation--into the temptation of an objectivistic consideration of God's secondary and primary objectivity; a disinterested non-obedient consideration which holds back in a place which it thinkgs secure. Lead us not into the temptation of the false opinion that Thou art and object like other objects which we can undertake to know or not just as we wish, which we are free to know in this way, or even in that. Lead us not into the temptation of wanting to know Thee in They objectivity as if we were spectators, as if we could know, speak and hear about Thee in the slightest degree without at once taking part, without at once making that correspondence actual, without at once beginning with obedience."[1]

[1] Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics II.1: The Doctrine of God, ed. G.W. Bromiley and T.F. Torrance, trans. G.W. Bromiley (London: T&T Clark, 2009), 24