There are few theologians more capable than Hans Urs von Balthasar.
For such obedience, a divine decision must truly be required, a decision that as such implies the ‘surrender’ of the forma Dei, and therefore we must at least attempt to consider how such a surrender can be possible for the God of whom we cannot postulate any alteration as this is found in creatures, nor any suffering and obeying in the manner proper to creatures. In order to undertake the attempt of such a consideration, it will be necessary to posit an incomprehensible freedom in God that allows him to do more, and to be other, than the creature would suppose of him on the ground of its concepts of ‘God’.1
I read some of him years ago, while still buried in Fundamentalism and his simple but profound words moved me to consider him and his words. No, I didn’t become Catholic… you know, yet and all, but you have to read him and read him over and over again. Also… panentheism. Anyway, wanted to share.
Hans Urs von Balthasar was considered to be one of the most important Catholic writers and theologians of the twentieth century. His works include over one hundred books and articles. He was devoted to addressing spiritual and practical issues of his time and resisted reductionism and the human focus of modernity, wanting Christians to challenge modern and philosophical assumptions.
Balthasar is most famously known for his sixteen-volume systematic theology which is divided into three parts: The Glory of the Lord, Theo-Drama, and Theo-Logic. The Glory of the Lord, the seven-volume work on theological aesthetics, introduces theology based on the contemplation of the good, beautiful, and true. The second part of the trilogy, the five-volume Theo-Drama, focuses on theodramatics, the actions of God and our human response. Balthasar particularly focuses on the events of Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. His soteriology, Christology, and eschatology are also developed in this series. The trilogy is completed with the three-volume Theo-Logic. Here, Balthasar describes the relation of the nature of Jesus Christ (Christology) to reality itself (ontology). Finally, in Epilogue Balthasar brings together the three parts of his trilogy by providing an overview and analysis of the preceeding 15 volumes. The Hans Urs von Balthasar Collection is sure to bring you insight, whether you’re wanting to discover new theological ideas or are seeking a deeper understanding of Christology, eschatology, Mariology, soteriology, and ontology.
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- “Von Balthasar reminds us that what is most fitting is not what is most current.” (insightscoop.typepad.com)
- Why I Left the Christian Reformed Church (rootedradical.wordpress.com)
- If There Is a Pope . . . (thecatholicthing.org)
- Hans Urs von Balthasar, The Glory of the Lord, a Theological Aesthetics VII: Theology: The New Covenant ( trans. Brian McNeil;San Francisco; New York: Ignatius Press; Crossroads Publications, 1989), 213. ↩