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Believe Through the Church, Not in It

Credo ecclesiam (I believe in the church) means that I believe that here, at this place, in this visible assembly, the work of the Holy Spirit takes place. By that is not intended a deification of the creature; the Church is not the object of faith, we do not believe in the Church; but we do believe that in this congregation the work of the Holy Spirit becomes an event. The mystery of the Church is that for the Holy Spirit it is not too small a thing to have such forms.

- Karl Barth, Dogmatics in Outline (New York: Harper & Row, 1959) p. 143.