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Karl Barth
May 10, 1886 - December 10, 1968
Nationality: Swiss
Category: Theologian
Subcategory: Swiss Theologian

Faith is never identical with piety.


No one can be saved - in virtue of what he can do. Everyone can be saved - in virtue of what God can do.


Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.


Men have never been good, they are not good and they never will be good.


What God chooses for us children of men is always the best.


Conscience is the perfect interpreter of life.


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 together en famille they play Mozart.


The best theology would need no advocates; it would prove itself.


Grace must find expression in life, otherwise it is not grace.


Jews have God's promise and if we Christians have it, too, then it is only as those chosen with them, as guests in their house, that we are new wood grafted onto their tree.


Faith in God's revelation has nothing to do with an ideology which glorifies the status quo.


It is always the case that when the Christian looks back, he is looking at the forgiveness of sins.


Whether the angels play only Bach praising God, I am not quite sure. I am sure, however, that en famille they play Mozart.


Man can certainly flee from God... but he cannot escape him. He can certainly hate God and be hateful to God, but he cannot change into its opposite the eternal love of God which triumphs even in his hate.


Religion is the possibility of the removal of every ground of confidence except confidence in God alone.


Jesus does not give recipes that show the way to God as other teachers of religion do. He is himself the way.


Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.


In the Church of Jesus Christ there can and should be no non-theologians.


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