Academic journal article Theological Studies

Christ and Analogy: The Christocentric Metaphysics of Hans Urs Von Balthasar

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Christ and Analogy: The Christocentric Metaphysics of Hans Urs Von Balthasar

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Christ and Analogy: The Christocentric Metaphysics of Hans Urs von Balthasar. By Junius Johnson. Emerging Scholars. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013. Pp. xi + 213. $59.

Johnson's volume is a substantial revision of his dissertation at Yale under the direction of Miroslav Volf. Over eight chapters J. explores the border between metaphysics and theology that runs through Hans Urs von Balthasar's great opus of theological aesthetics, theo-dramatics, and logic. J. refers to Balthasar's 15-volume project as a "triptych," rather than a trilogy, in order to underscore the structural unity the work, which is metaphysically centered on the "panel" of Christ as the concrete analogy of being. While neither a strictly philosophical nor theological study of Balthasar, the book focuses on philosophy's openness to fulfillment in theology in his thought. In chapters 2 to 4, J. charts Balthasar's navigation between two theses that describe the God-world relation, namely, "pure difference" and "identity." J. then locates at the center of Balthasar's thought the Bonaventurean principle of the incarnate Christ as both the exemplar of all created being and the expression of God, forming within himself the two poles of the analogy of being. …

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