Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Barth, Romans and Kierkegaard

"The man [Paul] who is now speaking is an emissary, bound to perform his duty; the minister of his King' a servant, not a master. However great and important a man Paul may have been, the essential theme of his mission is not within him but above him -- unapproachably distant and unutterably strange. His call to apostleship is not a familiar episode in his own personal history: 'The call to be an apostle is a paradoxical occurrence, lying always beyond his personal self-identity' (Kierkegaard).'"
 --Karl Barth, "Romans" pg 27 vv1-7.

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