Hans Urs Von Balthasar

Authored by: Edward T. Oakes, S.J.

The Routledge Companion to Modern Christian Thought

Print publication date:  March  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782173
eBook ISBN: 9780203387856
Adobe ISBN: 9781136677922


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Because of his immense productivity as author, publisher, and translator, the Swiss Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905–88) cannot be easily categorized or summarized. To add to the difficulty, one occasionally finds him expressing hostility to – or at least wariness toward – any attempt to systematize Christian revelation. Nor did he spend much time fretting over theological method. As one Balthasar scholar, John O'Donnell, put it: “At last Balthasar has completed the theological synthesis which he proposed over twenty-five years ago. No doubt it is a synthesis. At the same time it is hardly a system” (O'Donnell 1992: 7).

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