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The Realm of Metaphysics in the Modern Age (Glory of the Lord: A Theological Aesthetics, Volume 5) [Hardcover]

By Oliver Davies (Translator), Hans Urs Von Balthasar (Author) & Brian McNeil (Editor)
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In this second volume on the metaphysical traditions of the West, von Balthasar presents a series of studies of representative mystics, theologians, philosophers and poets and explores the three main streams of metaphysics which have developed since the "catastrophe" of Nominalism.

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Studio: Ignatius Press
Pages   666
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 1991
Publisher   Ignatius Press
Series  Glory Of The Lord - A Theologica  
Series Number  5  
ISBN  089870247X  
ISBN13  9780898702477  

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More About Oliver Davies, Hans Urs Von Balthasar & Brian McNeil

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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.

Oliver Davies has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine
  2. Classics of Western Spirituality (Paperback)
  3. Glory of the Lord

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Beautiful Philosophy  Jun 8, 2007
Any Christian who likes to express his or her faith in aesthetic terminology should read this book. Any educated person with a classical philosophic vocabulary should read it too. Beautiful work.
A masterpiece on Beauty  Jul 7, 2005
Hans Urs von Balthasar was one of the most preeminent XXth century catholic theologians, and this is, in my opinion, his most important work - by this I mean the whole trilogy (Glory, Theodrammatica, Theologica). This first volume of Glory, Seeing the Form (Schau der Gestalt) seems to be really fundamental for a serious understanding of the guidelines of his thought.
At the fantastic Introduction, after a superb hymn to the Beauty, he presents us with an accurate analysis of the elimination of this universal (Beauty) from both Catholic and Protestant theology, besides a review on the possibilities of a Protestant Aesthetics. He tries, then, to make it clear the difference between an Aesthetic Theology from a Theological Aesthetics. The task and structure of the latter is then explored.
There's no way to go on in such detailness through the whole book, because there are too many points to look at, and this is not the place to do it. But it's worth to say that the main objective of the author, as he goes on working on the 'subjective evidence' through the 'light' and 'experience' of faith (the second part of the book), and at the third part, the 'objective evidence', the main objective, as I was saying, is to precise a 'form', to state the main difference of Christianity from all other world religions, which is exactly the visible and historical form of the God made flesh. After 'seeing' the form of revelation which came from the Old Covenant, we have in Christ the centre of its form, that is, the centre of God's revelation form.
I strongly recommend this book to everyone who is seriously wanting to deep his theological studies, or to anyone who wants to learn more about the actual situation of the Church, and Christianity as a whole.
The first book in the first part of an important theology  Jul 18, 2000
The late Fr. Hans Urs von Balthasar was, without a doubt, one of the most important Catholic systematic theologians of the 20th century. This is the first book (of seven) of the first part of his "trilogy" which outlines and describes his systematic theology. As an introduction to his systematics, it is an essential read. To those not familiar with von Balthasar, it's a wonderful place to start.

Unsatisfied with Rahner's "transcendental Thomism" and his method of "doing theology from below", von Balthasar begins with the revelation of God. The entire systematic theology is structured around the ancient philosophical transcendentals "Beauty, Truth, and Goodness". In this first volume (and throughout the first part of the trilogy) von Balthasar discusses the Revelation of God to humanity through form and beauty.

Truly a remarkable book, and a good introduction to a remarkable man.


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