Marcion and Prometheus: Balthasar Against the Expulsion of Jewish Origins in Modern Religious Thought

Marcion and Prometheus: Balthasar Against the Expulsion of Jewish Origins in Modern Religious Thought

by Anthony C. Sciglitano Jr.

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Marcion and Prometheus: Balthasar Against the Expulsion of Jewish Origins in Modern Religious Thought by Anthony C. Sciglitano Jr.

Highlighting the dangerous tendency among the humanist critics of Christianity to dismiss or “debunk” the religious claims of historic Judaism, this study defends the importance of Jewish revelation and seeks to build a bridge between conservative Christians and faithful Jews. In doing so, it clarifies the uniqueness and historical claims of Christianity, especially in the context of interreligious dialogue. The book grounds itself in the thought of Swiss theologian and priest Hans Urs von Balthasar, who argued that the Western modernist dismissal of Jewish religious was a reinvention of the historical heresy of Marcionism, which rejected the Hebrew Bible and the Old Testament God. The book contends that for genuine, effective interreligious dialogue to occur, there must be more respect for Jewish origins.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780824520168
Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/15/2014
Pages: 219
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Anthony Sciglitano is an associate professor in, and the chair of, the department of religion at Seton Hall University, as well as the director of the university core curriculum housed in the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies. His areas of focus are theological hermeneutics; theology, religion, and secularism; theology of religions; and fundamental religion. He has published articles in Modern Theology and the journal Pro-Ecclesia, which focuses on Catholic–Evangelical dialogue. He lives in Morris Plains, New Jersey

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 An Anti-Marcionite Theological Aesthetic 1

1.a Balthasar and the Genealogy of Modern Marcionism 6

1.b The Hermeneutics of Anti-Marcionism 25

1.c Israel's Apophatic Pedagogy 37

Conclusion 40

2 Against the Idols: Divine Encounter, Prophetic Covenant 43

2.a Encounter with Glory 46

2.b Biblical Encounter versus Hegelian Prometheanism 50

2.c The Central Plot and the Forms of Glory 53

2.d Theophany and Covenant 57

2.e Theological Anthropology 62

Conclusion 78

3 Balthasar and the Encounter with Post-Biblical Judaism 81

3.a Kenotic Continuity: Encounter and Recapitulation 83

3.b Kenosis and Discontinuity 89

3.c Post-biblical Israel: Israel's Redemption 94

3.d A Lonely Dialogue: Christianity and Judaism in the Context of Prometheanism 100

Conclusion 106

4 Judaism, the Nations, and Christological Hospitality 111

4.a Incarnation as Erotic Integration 112

4.b Excursus on The Truth of the World: A Covenantal Ontology 126

4.c Judaism and the Nations 136

4.d A Cruciform Theology of Religions 146

Conclusion 150

Conclusion 153

Notes 163

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