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Author QuotedKarl Barth
Title QuotedDogmatics in Outline
Date (Year/Month/Day)1963/10/24
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1949I
Quotation"To be a man means to be situated in God's presence as Jesus is, that is, to be a bearer of the wrath of God." Barth [from Dogmatics in Outline, 1949]. We need the shock of this sentence-which is of course immediately qualified by Barth himself. And the qualification is implicit, for Jesus bears that wrath and lives. But the wrath is on us! And the Calvinist catechism: "What understandest thou by the little word ‘suffered'?" "That He all the time of His life, but especially at the end thereof hath borne in body and soul the wrath of God against the whole human race." How powerful and how serious!
JournalDancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 5, 1963-1965.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1997, p. 26
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