Thursday, 28 January 2016

A Reminder from Karl Barth

Nothing has happened to change the fact that Christians- even in the middle of their supposedly and perhaps even very consciously Christian environment- will always be strange and threatened creatures. No matter how much they may know themselves to be in solidarity with the world and behave as such, the way of Christians can never be the way of the world- least of all the way of a presumably Christianized world. From the standpoint of what moves within them, they will have to go their own way in matters both large and small, and therefore in what they think, say, and espouse, they will remain foreigners- who will often give occasion for others to take offence. They will appear to some as all too ascetic and to others as all too unconcerned affirmers of life- here as individualists, there as collectivists; here as believers in authority, there as free spirits; here as bourgeois and there as anarchists. They will seldom be found in the majority prevailing in their surroundings. In any case, they will not be going with the flow.”

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