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Karl Barth
Born (1886-05-10)May 10, 1886
Basel, Switzerland
Died December 10, 1968(1968-12-10) (aged 82)
Basel, Switzerland
Occupation Theologian, author
Notable work The Epistle to the Romans
Church Dogmatics
Spouse(s) Nelly Hoffmann (1893-1976)
Children Markus Barth and four others
Theological work
Tradition or movement Reformed
Neo-Orthodoxy
Christian socialism
Notable ideas Dialectical theology
analogia fidei

Faith in God's revelation has nothing to do with an ideology which glorifies the status quo.
Karl Barth
Conscience is the perfect interpreter of life.
Men have never been good, they are not good and they never will be good.
Faith is never identical with piety.
In the Church of Jesus Christ there can and should be no non-theologians.
It is always the case that when the Christian looks back, he is looking at the forgiveness of sins.
Karl Barth
Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.
Religion is the possibility of the removal of every ground of confidence except confidence in God alone.
Karl Barth
What God chooses for us children of men is always the best.
No one can be saved – in virtue of what he can do. Everyone can be saved – in virtue of what God can do.
Karl Barth
The best theology would need no advocates; it would prove itself.

Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.
Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.
Jesus does not give recipes that show the way to God as other teachers of religion do. He is himself the way.
Karl Barth
It may be that when the angels go about their task praising God, they play only Bach. I am sure, however, that when they are together en famille they play Mozart.
Karl Barth
Jews have God's promise and if we Christians have it, too, then it is only as those chosen with them, as guests in their house, that we are new wood grafted onto their tree.
Karl Barth
Whether the angels play only Bach praising God, I am not quite sure. I am sure, however, that en famille they play Mozart.
Karl Barth
Grace must find expression in life, otherwise it is not grace.
Man can certainly flee from God… but he cannot escape him. He can certainly hate God and be hateful to God, but he cannot change into its opposite the eternal love of God which triumphs even in his hate.
Karl Barth