Sunday, May 23, 2010

Barth on Truth

"Truth permits no one to use it as a plaything; and it puts an end to all tragedy. Truth is far too merry and noble for us ever to justify our present life and address the present moment: 'Remain with me! thou art so fair!' Truth is far too grim and terrible for us ever to desire to wrest it to ourselves, for example, by despairing and putting an end to our life." - Karl Barth, The Epistle to the Romans(Oxford: 1968), 287.
(Barth is commenting on Romans 8:11 and, in context, is referring to the Spirit who "is the Truth", but it reminds me of Ben Myer's recent post on "Writing and truth-telling."

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