Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What's the point?

We should above all be honest and ask ourselves what we gain from religion. What is the use of all the preaching, baptizing, confirming, bell-ringing, and organ playing, the community houses with or without motion picture equipment, the efforts to enliven church singing, the unspeakably tame monthly church papers, and whatever else may belong to the equipment of modern day ecclesiasticism? Will something different eventuate from all this in relation to the righteousness of God?

Karl Barth, from The Voice of God and the Voice of Man, published in 1928.

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