KARL BARTH AND GOD
faith, to be sure, is an event in the mystery between God and man; the
event of the freedom in which God acts towards this man, and the freedom
which God gives this man.
is God's mystery breaking forth . Faith is God's freedom and man's
freedom in action."
Himself is not supra historical but
historical, and this God has in Himself made a decree, an eternal decree, upon
which everything rests of which the confession of faith speaks . Our fathers
called it the decree of creation and of the covenant and of redemption."
Faith is obedience,
not just passive accommodation of oneself. Where there is obedience there is choice on
man's part; faith is
chosen instead of its opposite, unbelief, trust instead of distrust, knowledge instead of
God Himself is He who did not wish
to remain hidden, who did not wish to be God for Himself alone. He is the God
who in His royal majesty emerges from the mystery, from the heights of His
divine existence and comes down to the humble estate of the universe created by
Karl, "Faith as Confession," in Dogmatics in Outline. Harper and Row Publishers,