A Good Christian

One is sometimes glad not to be a great theologian, it is so easily confused with being a good Christian.


~eljefe said...

“The theologian who has no joy in his work is not a theologian at all. Sulky faces, morose thoughts and boring ways of speaking are intolerable in this science. May God deliver us from what the Catholic Church reckons one of the seven sins of the monk—taedium [loathing]—in respect of the great spiritual truths with which theology has to do. But we must know, of course, that it is only God who can keep us from it.”

Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, II/1, p. 656.

Once heard a paraphrase that Barth, with all his theological volumes, said he finds joy in Not taking himself seriously, but only taking God seriously. Also, that 'laughter is the best definition of grace'.

I just really like that!

Steve S. said...





Thank you Jesus!