Barth’s Prayer Regarding Knowledge of God

“Since it is the prayer that God will posit Himself as our object and ourselves as those who know Him, it must obviously run concretely: ‘Lead us not into temptation–into the temptation of an objectivistic consideration of God’s secondary and primary objectivity; a disinterested non-obedient consideration which holds back in a place which it thinks secure. Lead us not into the temptation of the false opinion that Thou art an object like other objects which we can undertake to know or not just as we wish, which we are free to know in this way, or even in that. Lead us not into the temptation of wanting to know Thee in Thy objectivity as if we were spectators, as if we could know, speak and hear about Thee in the slightest degree without at once taking part, without at once making that correspondence actual, without at once beginning with obedience.'” – Church Dogmatics II/1, p. 26

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About Jordan P. Barrett

PhD, Systematic Theology, Wheaton College
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