“The Christian idea of God as a loving Father is interwoven into the very fabric of our mind and heart; but it was a new idea. To the Jew the basic idea of God was that he was holy in the sense of being different. In no sense did he share our human experience and was in fact incapable […]
“From a Christian point of view, the world need the church, not to help the world run more smoothly or to make the world a better and safer place for Christians to live. Rather, the world needs the church because without the church, the world does not know who it is. The only way for […]
“[The Church] exists .. to set up in the world a new sign which is radically dissimilar to [the world’s] own manner and which contradicts it in a way which is full of promise.” Karl Barth (Church Dogmatics, 4.3.2)
This was picked up and published in this month’s Kildare Echo so I thought I’d put it up here too. Enjoy!