Item description for Glory of the Lord: A Theological Aesthetics : The Realm of Metaphysics in Antiquity (Balthasar, Hans Urs Von//Glory of the Lord) by Oliver Davies, Hans Urs Von Balthasar & Rowan Williams...
Overview In this fourth volume of his magnum opus, von Balthasar considers the metaphysical tradition of the contemplation of Being. He provides major studies of Homer, the Greek Tragedians, Plato and Plotinus and the development of this tradition in the Middles Ages. He then explores the analogy between the metaphysical vision of Being and the Christian vision of the divine glory of the Trinity. The book is a remarkable attempt to rediscover the ancient vision of Being in all its awesomeness as the context within which the specifically Christian vision, rooted in God's gracious self-revelation, took form and was expressed.
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Studio: Ignatius Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.64" Width: 5.92" Height: 1.47" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1989
Publisher Ignatius Press
Series Glory Of The Lord - A Theologica
Series Number 4
ISBN 0898702461 ISBN13 9780898702460
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More About Oliver Davies, Hans Urs Von Balthasar & Rowan Williams
Oliver Davies is Professor of Christian Doctrine at King's College London and has researched, taught, or been Visiting Professor at the Gregorian in Rome, University of Virginia, University of Cologne, Germany, University of St. Petersburg, Russia, and most recently Renmin University of China, Beijing. He has written extensively on medieval mystical literature, especially Meister Eckhart. He is originally from South Wales, and has published also on the Christian literature of medieval Wales.
Oliver Davies was born in 1956 and has an academic affiliation as follows - King's College London University of Wales, Lampeter King's College Lon.
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An amazing theology Oct 14, 2006
I've read many works of theology and most are fairly forgettable. They trot out the basic dogma of their sect, usually followed in a mechanical fashion with the usual quotations from the Bible or from tradition.
Yet sometimes you are lucky enough to come across a creative theologian, a theologian who is able to make you look at religious ideas in a new an innovative way. Von Balthasar is one such theologian.
In this series of works (going to seven volumes) Balthasar introduces the idea of a 'theological aesthetic.' This idea sounds very abstract but to put it in simpler words; theology is about Beauty, the Beauty of God.
Balthasar argues a key attribute of the Absolute/God in Western tradition, be it religious, mythical or theological, is Beauty. Beauty is rightly associated with Goodness, Truth and Being, and all these are rightly associated with God.
Balthasar aims to restore the ideal of the beauty of God by examining the Beauty of God and of the created world, as shown in the Bible, in Greek myth, in philosophy, and in Catholic Theology. Balthasar's most insightful comments often are made about key Church fathers, including Denys, who emphasized the Beauty of God in his theology.
I myself felt Balthasar's work was very valuable for recovering a neglected aspect of theology, the role of theology and theological issues in relation to creative art. The focus in the 20th century and in much of the preceding centuries was to make theology compatible with economic or social thought or with science or philosophy, but not with creative art.
Balthasar also recognises the key element of art in the work of mystics like Eckhart and St John of Cross.
This series forms a valuable exploration of the aesthetic dimension to theology and I am sure future students of art and theology will find it a valuable aid to their own explorations.
Western Culture in 400 pages Mar 7, 2006
This book blew me away. After getting through volume II and III, I was not prepared for the power of his narrative and his argument. The text follows Western Metaphysics from Homer and Pindar through the classics all the way until Thomas Aquinas. The breadth of his erudition is absurd. At one point I had to stop and read Aeschylus, Euripides, and Virgil in order to grasp what he was discusses. If it has been a while since you have studied the classics I would recommend a brief tutorial before embarking on this adventure, it is well worth the wait.