Friday, 11 January 2008

A Theological Cancer

Who can refute the truth of the this statement by Barth?:

“Evangelical theology hears the witness of the Old Testament with the greatest earnestness and not merely as a sort of prelude to the New Testament. The classic rule is: Novum testamentum in Vetere latet, Vetus in Novo patet: the New Testament is concealed in the Old, and the Old Testament is revealed by the New. As long as theology preferred to neglect this rule, as long as it was content to exist in a vacuum by claiming exclusive orientation to the New Testament, it was continually threatened by cancer its very bones.” (1963: 28)
The German original is in the comments.


Phil Sumpter said...

"Evanglische Theologie hört ihr Zeugnis - nicht nur als eine Art Auftakt zu dem des Neuen Testamentes, sondern mit grösstem Ernst, denn: Novum Testamentum in Vetere latet, Vetus in Novo patet. Die Theologie war noch immer von Knochenschwund bedroht, wenn sie diese Erkenntnis vernachlässigen orientierte Theologie sein wollte" (1962: 36).

Tavi said...

Das ist Wirklich!

Rev.Mauro Silva said...

I would like to say that the Old Covenant revealed itself in the New Covenant rather than saying that it was revealed by the New.