“We can go farther and say: forced by the one-sidedness of heresy, the Church of the Counter-Reformation after Trent had to put the accent on works and institution. But this was done, not as a counterconcept to free grace; rather works and institution were understood as its highest form, the most daring deed, the most breathtaking venture of grace itself. Doing good works is faith in it second potency, and institution is God’s trusting selfsurrender to the world in second potency. By assuming this form, the Incarnate One has truly chosen the narrow path. The doctrine of the triumph of God’s grace in man’s freedom, of the sovereignty of the World in the very act of preserving created nature: this doctrine stands on the very edge of the sword. For now both things are required: while fully affirming human being and work, to give honor to God’s grace in everything” (53-4).

~ The Theology of Karl Barth