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The Von Balthasar Reader [Paperback]

By Han Urs Von Balthasar (Author), Medard Kehl (Editor) & Werner Loser (Editor)
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The texts gathered here were chosen to reflect the thematic and systematic nature of the Balthasarian theology as accurately as possible. At the same time the choice reflects the intention of including a characteristic text on all the important affirmations of the Christian creed. A substantial "portrait" which precedes the text casts some light on the person and work of Hans Urs von Balthasar.

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Hans Urs von Balthasar was one of the most influential Catholic theologians of the 20th century. This easy-to-use, one-volume reader contains his essentials writings, on everything from the miracle of human existence to the nature of God.

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Studio: The Crossroad Publishing Company
Pages   452
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.01" Width: 6" Height: 1.33"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2000
Publisher   Herder & Herder
ISBN  0824507207  
ISBN13  9780824507206  

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Not worth the paper it's printed on  Apr 12, 2005
Yes, this anthology is garbage. The previous reviews nailed it - the translations are awful, and the selections give at best a sketchy view of the man's thought. For a good introduction, you're better off reading Fr. Oakes' Pattern of Redemption and the three volumes by Aidan Nichols (The Word Has Been Abroad, No Bloodless Myth, and Say it is Pentecost) along with the essays in the four Explorations in Theology volumes and volume one of VB's Theo-Logic, The Truth of the World. Then, jump in and read The Glory of the Lord. Just remember, pace yourself and keep breathing...
Not a good introduction  Jun 24, 2001
It seems like that most readers who try to understand Balthasar might want to have a structural grasp of his aesthetic-dramatic-logic trilogy in his own words. However, the selections are presented in traditional Catholic categories of God, Jesus, Church etc. which usually cannot easily convey the main thrust of the theologian's project. I bought this book together with Edward Oakes' and I found myself spending all my time reading Oakes' intro rather than this reader. This book is a complete disappointment for me.
A Missed Opportunity  Dec 7, 2000
In its original German, this book filled an essential need among the reading public. Unfortunately, the English version hobbled itself with a clumsy translation, one that a general reader unfamiliar with the Tuetonic style of the translators will have trouble deciphering. Moreover, the translators also decided to drop several of the essays, under the pretext (in the 1980's!) that some of those essays would "soon" be appearing in English. But by now, that is true of almost all of the selections chosen in the Reader. And yet, the presence of essays and selections scattered all over the place is precisely the readon for a Reader in the first place! Now the publishers have brought out the book again, unchanged and still truncated and abridged. The introductory essay is worth reading, but the the reading public would be better advised to read some of Balthasar's own shorter works that summarize his thought rather than trying to make sense of this densely and woodenly translated Reader.

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