The Strange New World Within The Bible

Welcome to the Brickyard. This is a place to find quotes for use in your own research. The bricks are free but the building is up to you. The following quotes are from Karl Barth’s The Word of God and the Word of Man, Section II entitled, the Strange New World Within The Bible. Certainly there is much to critique Barth about when it comes to Protestant doctrine, but still, he admits to certain Protestant themes which seem inescapable even at his time. I present the following quotes for your inspection and use.

“It is the Bible itself, it is the straight inexorable logic of its on-march which drives us out beyond ourselves and invites us, without regard to our worthiness or unworthiness, to reach for the last highest answer, in which all is said that can be said, although we can hardly understand and only stammeringly express it.”

Barth, The Word of God, Sec II.

In answering what is in the Bible, Barth writes,

“A new world, the world of God.”

Barth, The Word of God, Sec II.

“There is a river in the Bible that carries us away, once we have entrusted our destiny to it – away from ourselves to the sea.”

Barth, The Word of God, Sec II.

“The Holy Scriptures will interpret themselves in spite of all our human limitations.”

Barth, The Word of God, Sec II.

“We read the Bible rightly, not when we do so with false modesty, restraint, and attempted sobriety, for these are passive qualities, but we must read it in faith.”

Barth, The Word of God, Sec II.

“The Bible unfolds on us as we are met, guided, drawn on, and made to grow by the grace of God.”

Barth, The Word of God, Sec II.

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