Freedom

“Church history is the history of the exegesis of the Word of God and therefore of the ever recurrent menace of doing violence to it. But it is also and still more the history of the criticism which it brings and always will bring to bear on all its interpreters. . . Scripture is exposed but not delivered over to the understanding and misunderstanding of the world. Scripture is in the hands but not in the power of the Church. It speaks as it is translated, interpreted and applied. But always in and even in spite of all these human efforts, it is Scripture itself which speaks.” (I/2, 681-2)

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