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Mysterium Paschale: The Mystery of Easter

Mysterium Paschale The Mystery of Easter This is an account at once rigorously theological and warmly devotional of the death and resurrection of Christ and their significance for the Christian life Von Balthasar offers sharp insights int

  • Title: Mysterium Paschale: The Mystery of Easter
  • Author: Hans Urs von Balthasar Aidan Nichols
  • ISBN: 9780898708042
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is an account, at once rigorously theological and warmly devotional, of the death and resurrection of Christ, and their significance for the Christian life Von Balthasar offers sharp insights into some current controversies for example, the bodiliness of the Resurrection and spiritual inspiration for the year round This scholarly reflection of the climax of theThis is an account, at once rigorously theological and warmly devotional, of the death and resurrection of Christ, and their significance for the Christian life Von Balthasar offers sharp insights into some current controversies for example, the bodiliness of the Resurrection and spiritual inspiration for the year round This scholarly reflection of the climax of the Christian year is an established classic of contemporary Catholic theology.

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    1. Hans Urs von Balthasar Aidan Nichols

      Hans Urs von Balthasar was a Swiss theologian and priest who was nominated to be a cardinal of the Catholic Church He is considered one of the most important theologians of the 20th century.Born in Lucerne, Switzerland on 12 August 1905, he attended Stella Matutina Jesuit school in Feldkirch, Austria He studied in Vienna, Berlin and Zurich, gaining a doctorate in German literature He joined the Jesuits in 1929, and was ordained in 1936 He worked in Basel as a student chaplain In 1950 he left the Jesuit order, feeling that God had called him to found a Secular Institute, a lay form of consecrated life that sought to work for the sanctification of the world especially from within He joined the diocese of Chur From the low point of being banned from teaching, his reputation eventually rose to the extent that John Paul II asked him to be a cardinal in 1988 However he died in his home in Basel on 26 June 1988, two days before the ceremony Balthasar was interred in the Hofkirche cemetery in Lucern.Along with Karl Rahner and Bernard Lonergan, Balthasar sought to offer an intellectual, faithful response to Western modernism While Rahner offered a progressive, accommodating position on modernity and Lonergan worked out a philosophy of history that sought to critically appropriate modernity, Balthasar resisted the reductionism and human focus of modernity, wanting Christianity to challenge modern sensibilities.Balthasar is very eclectic in his approach, sources, and interests and remains difficult to categorize An example of his eclecticism was his long study and conversation with the influential Reformed Swiss theologian, Karl Barth, of whose work he wrote the first Catholic analysis and response Although Balthasar s major points of analysis on Karl Barth s work have been disputed, his The Theology of Karl Barth Exposition and Interpretation 1951 remains a classic work for its sensitivity and insight Karl Barth himself agreed with its analysis of his own theological enterprise, calling it the best book on his own theology.Balthasar s Theological Dramatic Theory has influenced the work of Raymund Schwager.

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    1. "In other words, the renunciation of the 'form of God' and the taking on of the 'form of a slave' with all their consequences do not entail any alienation within the Trinitarian life of God. God is so divine that by way of the Incarnation, death and Resurrection, he can truly and not just in seeming become that which as God he already and always is." (208) A theology of the cross in Trinitarian perspective, with all the erudition you might expect from Balthasar as he draws from scripture, Church [...]


    2. Originally, I purchased this work by the noted & respected Catholic theologian, Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905-1988), out of interest for reading a theological treatment of the liturgy of the sacred Easter Triduum (Good Friday/Holy Saturday/Resurrection Sunday). It turned out to be a whole lot more than that! Here's how von Balthasar describes it in the Preface: "This book appeared for the first time as a constituent chapter of a large-scale dogmatics. Since in that context the doctrine of God [...]


    3. Super hard to read I don’t know Latin. I didn’t understand the complicated arguments. I guess this maybe more for the scholar and academic.


    4. This is the hardest Balthasar book I've read -- which is saying something! I didn't do myself any favors by reading this over the course of many months. Still this is the densest of Balthasar's works I've read -- I haven't dipped into his famous Trilogy yet. I found his exegetical discussion of the Resurrection to be a bit disturbing. It seemed to give too much credence to the potential of embellishments and shading by the Gospel writers. The other complaint I have about this edition is that it [...]


    5. Breathtaking Vision of the Life, Death and ResurrectionVon Balthasar's extensive reflections upon the cross in relation to Israel, the church, time and space and the hope of redemption will require me to return again and again to sit with these insights. At the same, they call me again and again to bow before the glory of the Lord and worship Him in His beauty.


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