God as the fundamentally Other

"When we Christians speak of 'God', we may and must be clear that this word signifies a priori the fundamentally Other, the fundamental deliverance from that whole world of man's seeking, conjecturing, illusion, imagining and speculating. It is not that on the long road of human seeking and longing for the divine a definite stopping-place has in the end been reached in the form of the Christian Confession. The God of the Christian Confession is, in distinction from all gods, not a found or invented God or one at last and at the end discovered by man; He is not the fulfillment, perhaps the last, supreme and best fulfillment, of what man was in course of seeking and finding...He who is called God in Holy Scripture is unsearchable—that is, He has not been discovered by any man. But when our talk is of Him and we speak of Him as about a familiar entity, who is more familiar and real than any other reality and who is nearer us than we are to ourselves, it is not because there may have been particularly pious people who were successful in investigating this Being, but because He who was hidden from us has disclosed Himself.” -Karl Barth, Dogmatics in Outline, Ch.5 God in the Highest (Harper Torchbooks, p. 36, 38)