Tuesday 5 June 2007

The event of election

“What happened for us and to us at Golgotha and was revealed on Easter Day, that – though it happened in time – is our eternal election.”

—Karl Barth, Gottes Gnadenwahl (Munich: Chr. Kaiser, 1936), p. 17.


Ben Myers said...

By the way, I reckon this is the most profound and most far-reaching thought of Barth's entire theology.

Anonymous said...

Bingo, Karl - and Ben!

Anonymous said...

From the earliest days of Christianity, it's been understood that we share in the death and resurrection of Christ, vicariously, as a result of union with him and participation in his body. How strange that it has taken so long to recognise that we share in the election of Christ in the same way. Even stranger, given that this point was articulated with such clarity in the Epistle to the Ephesians.

Anonymous said...


Weekend Fisher said...

In which Barth says to the modern world what Luther had said centuries before, and what St. Paul had said a good number of centuries before that.

Barth did have a way of breathing fresh life into some of the ancient teachings.

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