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From Luther to Kierkegaard, from Heidegger to Sartre, the theme of anguish has dominated both philosophy and spiritual theology. In our "societies of depression" where individuals confront their own loneliness, this theme has recently regained its intensity.
In these dense and luminous pages, he is not content merely to show how much this feeling is profoundly inscribed in the heart and the word of God-from the Psalms to the Gospels-but he enters into intimate dialogue with contemporary thought and in particular its existentialist expression. For Balthasar, the Christian faith does not offer a ready made response, but is simultaneously a journey through the torment of the cross and the liberation from fear by the gift of grace. In the wake of a Bernanos, or a Peguy, Balthasar emphasizes how much confidence in God leads to a hope which is inexhaustible.
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Studio: Ignatius Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.28" Width: 4.92" Height: 0.52" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Mar 2, 2000
Publisher Ignatius Press
ISBN 0898705878 ISBN13 9780898705874 UPC 008987058786
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More About Hans Urs Von Balthasar
Hans Urs von Balthasar was the author of innumerable theological works including The Glory of the Lord (T&T Clark). He was also the spiritual leader of a religious community in Basel, Switzerland. Robert J. Daly, S.J., Emeritus Professor of Theology at Boston College, is the author of Christian Sacrifice" and The Origins of the Christian Doctrine of Sacrifice. "His recent articles, mostly in Theological Studies," have focused on Eucharist, sacrifice, and atonement.
Hans Urs Von Balthasar was born in 1905 and died in 1988.
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What Theology Should Be Aug 28, 2001
Many accuse theology of being meaningless bickering over what we cannot verify. Von Balthasar happily topples those prejudices with this book, which is not only a profound look at the human condition and Scripture, but is also a strong challenge to the reader. The Christian and Anxiety starts with a chapter on what anxiety means in Scripture. This first Chapter alone would merit a purchase, as von Balthasar pulls together many threads from the Wisdom literature of the OT (e.g., Proverbs, Wisdom, Sirach, etc.) to give us a Scriptural review of anxiety. I found this very fruitful, and has caused me to go back to a couple books of the Bible for a new look. Von Balthasar then goes on in the next two chapters to reflect on the theological and philosophical underpinning of anxiety. This becomes tough, involved reading, and I'll be musing over this part of the book for some time, but you do come away with a new understanding about anxiety, which seems to be a very representative emotion for the modern West. Some books are difficult because the writing is poor, or the thoughts are disconnected, and some books are difficult because the author enters into a deep subject and does justice to it. The Christian and Anxiety fits in with the latter, and I highly recommend it as a worthy investment.