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Author QuotedKarl Barth
Title QuotedChristmas / translated by Berhard Citron
Date (Year/Month/Day)1960/09/16
ImprintLondon : [s.n.]. 1959
QuotationFrom Karl Barth-Christmas 1931 [translated by Berhard Citron, London, 1959]. (That Christmas I was in Strasbourg, as also in 1930, and on one of these occasions I went to a Lutheran church where all was in German and did not understand.) "Suppose a person living in Germany today had faith, then the comfort and direction he received (from the Christmas light) in all humility, would consist in the permission and command to continue without those fixed ideas which at present he cannot avoid"¦ [Merton's emphasis]. Not only should man be able to live with principles but he must also be able to live without them.... [etc.]
JournalTurning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4, 1960-1963.; Edited by Victor A. Kramer. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 48
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