A wide-ranging and illuminating tribute to an influential theologianAddressing the widespread and growing interest in the thought of Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar—whose influence on Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI has been enormous—this collection, by a team of established theologians and intellectuals, reflects on Balthasar's impact. Not a collection of scholarly articles, these are essays on the way in which Balthasar's theology is being taken up into other theological and philosophical projects, as well as contemplations on how Balthasar has influenced the authors personally. Key themes include the importance of beauty, the dramatic nature of truth, the centrality of revelation, the uniqueness and universality of Christ, and the intrinsic relationship between theology and sanctity. This volume is both a first-rate introduction to Balthasar and a window into the way that great theologians understand the driving questions of their work. Contributors include Michael Hanby, Nick Healy, Francesca Murphy, Danielle Nussberger, Cyril O'Regan, Tracey Rowland, and David L. Schindler.
Reviews"Accessible and personal." —First Things
"A deeply appreciative yet non-idolatrous collection of engaging literary and autobiographical vignettes responding to the question, 'Why Balthasar'?" —Theological Studies
Author BiographyRodney A. Howsare, PhD, is a professor of theology at DeSales University and the author of Hans Urs von Balthasar and Protestantism. He lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Larry S. Chapp, PhD, is a professor of theology at DeSales University, the author of The God Who Speaks: Hans Urs von Balthasar's Theology of Revelation, and a contributor to The Cambridge Companion to Hans Urs von Balthasar. He lives in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania.