Karl Barth was a renowned Swiss theologian and author, who held the reputation of being the greatest Protestant theologian of the 20t century. Barth gained recognition due to his work in The Epistle to the Romans and Church Dogmatics. He was also renowned for his thesis on Dialectical theology and analogia fidei. Karl was tagged as the “Father of Neo-Orthodoxy”. His work heavily influenced political figures like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Reinhold Niebuhr, Jürgen Moltmann and novelist - John Updike and Miklós Szentkuthy. Barth was active in Reformation and Christian Socialism movements. He was instrumental in leading the Confessing Church movement in Germany which directly defied Hitler and the Nazi regime. Karl Barth preached sovereignty of God through "infinite qualitative distinction between God and mankind". Novelists such as Roger Lambert and Whittaker Chambers have cited inspiration from Karl Barth’s ideas in their works. We have compiled some of Karl Barth’s notable quotes from his beliefs, thoughts, preaching etc. Here are some of the most intriguing quotes from this Swiss theologian.
As ministers we ought to speak of God. We are human, however, and so cannot speak of God. We ought therefore to recognize both our obligation and our inability and by that very recognition give glory to God