Love Alone Is Credible: Hans Urs Von Balthasar as Interpreter of the Catholic Tradition

Love Alone Is Credible: Hans Urs Von Balthasar as Interpreter of the Catholic Tradition

Love Alone Is Credible: Hans Urs Von Balthasar as Interpreter of the Catholic Tradition

Love Alone Is Credible: Hans Urs Von Balthasar as Interpreter of the Catholic Tradition

Synopsis

In this volume David L. Schindler presents readers with a collection of essays garnered from the 2005 conference marking the centenary of Hans Urs von Balthasar's birth. That conference hosted an international gathering of scholars, among them students, colleagues, friends, and critics of Balthasar, all making an effort to engage the fundamental questions of faith and reason in light of his influential contribution to Catholic theology.

A wide range of topics is explored in light of the Christian mystery, including metaphysics and causality, the nature of rationality, the relationship between God and the world, and the meaning of the body. Featuring an impressive list of contributors, Love Alone Is Credible is a tribute to the profound relevance of Balthasar's thought.

Excerpt

On the centenary of Hans Urs von Balthasar’s birth, Pope Benedict xvi said of the Swiss theologian, “I am convinced that his theological reflections preserve their freshness and profound relevance undiminished to this day and that they incite many others to penetrate ever further into the depths of the mystery of the faith, with such an authoritative guide leading them by the hand.” the present volume, the first of two, brings together numerous contributions first given at the anniversary conference organized in April 2005 in Washington, D.C., by the English-language editors of Communio: International Catholic Review. April 2005 was a momentous month in the recent history of the Church; our gathering to honor one of the twentieth century’s great theologians took place scarcely two weeks after the death of the century’s great pope, John Paul ii, who had honored Balthasar with a cardinal’s hat. the planned keynote speaker, Marc Cardinal Ouellet, primate of Canada, was unable to attend the conference because of his presence at the consistory. Our efforts to “penetrate ever further into the depths of the mystery of the faith,” then, took place in an intense atmosphere of expectation for the whole Church, and on the eve of the election to the papacy of Balthasar’s friend Joseph Ratzinger, who, along with Balthasar, Henri de Lubac, and others, was a co-founder of Communio following the Second Vatican Council. the reflections by an international gathering of scholars, among whom are numerous students, colleagues, friends — and also critics — of Balthasar, were all the more memorable because of the remarkable moment in which they took place.

The task of our extended conversation was to engage fundamental questions of faith and reason in light of Balthasar’s contribution to Catho-

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