Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Barth on 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 one. 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 men who write so much about Karl Barth instead of writing about the things he is trying to write asbout. Truly, the angels laugh."

- Quoted in G. Casalis, Portrait of Karl Barth (New York: Doubleday, 1963), 3.


Drew said...

A healthy cynicism ... with a few barbs thrown in :) Pulling the log out in one's own, and removing the speck in one's brother's at the same time.

A thought: John 21:25 on it's way to being fulfilled?

Plus check out Ben's fascinating post.

byron smith said...

Yeah, I was going to link to that post myself. Thanks.