Laughing at Karl

Here’s a quote I’ve seen in several places (HT: Chris Tilling). I thought that you might enjoy it–especially if you wonder why on earth I’m reading Karl Barth.

“The angels laugh at old Karl. They laugh at him because he tries to grasp the truth about God in a book of Dogmatics. They laugh at the fact that volume follows volume, and each is thicker than the previous ones. As they laugh, they say to one another, ‘Look! Here he comes now with his little pushcart full of volumes of the Dogmatics!’—and they laugh about the persons who write so much about Karl Barth instead of writing about the things he is trying to write about. Truly, the angels laugh.” -Karl Barth

The best part about it is his little jab at people who write about him rather than writing about the God who is his subject matter. How often has theology gone wrong because we’ve been so interested in what people have said that we talk about what they have said rather than the God about whom they are speaking?

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