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AnonymousDeleted UserSeptember 17, 2020 at 1:19 pm
This is a great and relevant quote by Barth. I grew up in the world of Jesus and John Wayne, and one characteristic of that world is certainty. While of course everyone struggles with questions and doubt on the inside, it was crucial to display a sense of certainty around your beliefs on the outside. This leads to a quality of arrogance – I know with 100% certainty who God is and what he wants. I don’t think Jesus even models this kind of certainty. He spoke about God in parables and metaphors rather than boxing God in with absolute definitions. A big part of my faith journey has been becoming more comfortable with this kind of ambiguity and uncertainty.