Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Fr. Edward T. Oakes, S.J

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Fr. Edward T. Oakes, S.J

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Fr. Ed Oakes died on December 6. He was known as a leading scholar of Hans Urs von Balthasar. His most recent book, Infinity Dwindled to Infancy: A Catholic and Evangelical Christology, provides an excellent guide to the doctrinal debates about Christ and his saving work. But Ed was much more than a theological scholar. With a broad knowledge of literature as well as music, art, and drama, and widely read in science, history, and politics, he could write with verve about pretty much anything.

He also had strong reactions and articulate opinions, which made him an excellent conversationalist. No doubt that's one reason he became friends with Richard John Neuhaus, who liked people who actually knew things (Ed had a great memory) and forcefully expressed their views. He had a precise mind, yes, but also a bold, exuberant, and sometimes combative spirit. As an intellectual, there was something of Sir Lancelot in him. …

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