A Key to Balthasar: Hans Urs von Balthasar on Beauty, Goodness, and Truth

A Key to Balthasar: Hans Urs von Balthasar on Beauty, Goodness, and Truth

by Aidan OP Nichols


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Hans Urs von Balthasar is widely recognized as perhaps the greatest Catholic theologian of the twentieth century. No writer has better revealed the spiritual greatness of the revelation to which the art of the church and the historic liturgies bear witness. Yet students and nonspecialist readers often find Balthasar daunting and difficult. This volume is the ideal introduction to his work. It unlocks the treasure of his theology by focusing on the beautiful, the good, and the true. These are the three qualities of being around which his great trilogy—The Glory of the Lord, Theo-Drama, and Theo-Logic—revolves. Though brief, the book captures the essence of what Balthasar wished to say.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801039744
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2011
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Aidan Nichols, OP (PhD, University of Edinburgh), of Blackfriars, Cambridge, is a lecturer at the University of Cambridge. He previously served as John Paul II Memorial Visiting Lecturer at the University of Oxford and as a Fellow of Greyfriars, Oxford. He is one of the most prolific writers of theology in the English language and is the leading authority on the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar.

Table of Contents

1. Key-word 'Being': Balthasar and the Transcendentals
2. Key-word 'Form': Balthasar and the Beautiful
3. Key-word 'Freedom': Balthasar and the Good
4. Key-word 'Logic': Balthasar and the True

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