Thursday, March 18, 2010
This is a quote from Karl Barth's book The Humanity of God. "The Church is not too mean a thing for God but, for better or for worse, sufficiently precious and worthy in His eyes to be entrusted with His witnessing and thus His affairs in the world---yes, even Himself. So great is God's loving-kindness! For this reason there is no private Christianity. For this reason we cannot but take seriously, affirm, and love this community in its peculiarity ..... For this reason, too, theology cannot be carried on in the private lighthouses of some sort of merely personal discoveries and opinions. It can be carried on only in the Church---it can be put to work in all its elements only in the context of the questioning and answering of the Christian community and in the rigorous service of its commission to all men."