17 September 2013

The Impossiblity of Faith, Or Why Grace is Essential

“Faith is not an art. Faith is not an achievement. Faith is not a good work of which some may boast while others can excuse themselves with a shrug of the shoulders for not being capable of it.

It is a decisive insight of faith itself that all of us are incapable of faith in ourselves, whether we think of its preparation, beginning, continuation, or completion. 
In this respect believers understand unbelievers, skeptics, and atheists better than they understand themselves. 

Unlike unbelievers, they regard the impossibility of faith as necessary, not accidental ...” 

– Karl Barth