Christ and Analogy
The Christocentric Metaphysics of Hans Urs von Balthasar
Publication Year: 2013
As one of the pillars of the nouvelle theologie movement, a main influence upon the Second Vatican Council, and one of the few figures to complete a full-scale multi-volume systematics, Hans Urs von Balthasar is undoubtedly one of the towering figures of twentieth-century theology. Until now, the structural undergirding of von Balthasar’s main contribution, a weighty 15-volume, three-part “triptych” dogmatics, has not been assessed. In this volume, the author presents an analysis of von Balthasar’s work in dogmatics and provides the structural linchpin for understanding the whole of this massive (and massively important) systematic theology by reconstructing the metaphysics of von Balthasar. Taking the person of Jesus Christ as the metaphysical starting point, the project highlights the fundamental connections to key doctrinal, historical, and philosophical issues. This is a critical volume for professors, scholars, and students in systematic theology, philosophical theology, and the study of twentieth-century Catholic and Protestant theology and history.
Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
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...indexofinterpretation whenwecometothetaskofattemptingtounderstandGod sself-manifestationintheworld.Theinadequacyofanyworldlyformtobethisindexofinterpretationshouldbeclearfromaproperunderstandingoftomakethisinadequacyclear.God sappearanceisnotthenecessaryappearingof creaturely being; it is entirely at God s own discretion and therefore the...
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Thehistoryoftheologyhasleftusnosmallnumberofexamplesofintellectualgeniuscoupledwithremarkableindustryattestingtothatgenius.Evenamongsuch a rich company, however, the contribution of Hans Urs von Balthasarstandsout.Notonlytheamountoftextheproduced(aswriter,compiler,andeditor),butalsothescopeoftopicsandliteraturethatherangesoversethim...
Exemplarity and Expression
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At the outset, our task must be to draw von Balthasar s ideas back to a fewfundamentalideasthatcanbetakenasfoundationalforeverythingelse.ThisrequiresanexaminationofthebasicmetaphysicalquestionsinordertodiscernwherevonBalthasar sprimaryinterest(theincarnateChrist)falls.WhataretheClassicallyspeaking,metaphysicsmustaccountforthebasicontological...
The Positivity of the Other
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OurreconstructionofvonBalthasar smetaphysicshassofarbeenconcernedwith answering the question (Q): What is the nature or character of theGod-creature relation? So far, we have seen that the relationship is not tobe construed according to the Pure Diflerence Thesis rather, the languageofarchetype,exemplar,andparticipationintheanalogical,katalogical,andideal...
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Personhood and von Balthasar’s Two Metaphysics
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Analogy of Being in Trinitarian and Christological Keys
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ParticipationturnedouttoplayanimportantroleintheanalysisoftheIdealMetaphysic. Participation was found to require primary reference to theanalogy of being; in fact, our analysis of the Ideal Metaphysic supports theconclusionthattheanalogyofbeingisthecontentofparticipation.Movingforward, the question now becomes how to understand the participation of...
Participation, Love, and Kenosis
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...aproperlytheologicalmode.Thepointwherethehighestprincipleofcreatedreality,asbothitssourceandgoal,comesintoviewissimultaneouslythepointat which a doorway is opened into the eternal life of the uncreated, and tobeingofGod.Theseamlesstransitionwe ndatthispointinvonBalthasar sthoughtisthedesiredandnaturalresultoffocusingthediscourseonChrist,on...
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Our study has illustrated from the philosophical side the momentousimportance von Balthasar attaches to Incarnation it is here that the IdealMetaphysics of the exemplar pass over to and are ful lled in the HistoricalIncarnateOnewassignaledfromthestart: The Glory of the Lord warnsthatthegoalistheretrievalofanindexofinterpretationofthegloryofGodasit...
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Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Emerging Scholars
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