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Love Alone Is Credible: Hans Urs Von Balthasar As Interpreter of the Catholic Tradition (Ressourcement: Retrieval and Renewal in Catholic Thought) [Paperback]

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Pages   360
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2008
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802862470  
EAN  9780802862471  


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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, and friends 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.

Contributors include:

  • Romanus Cessario
  • David S. Crawford
  • Stephen Fields
  • Josi Granados
  • Roberto Graziotto
  • Michael Hanby
  • Roch Kereszty
  • V. Bradley Lewis
  • Antonio Lspez
  • Margaret H. McCarthy
  • Simon Oliver
  • Stefan Oster
  • William L. Portier


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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, and friends 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.

Contributors: Romanus Cessario
David S. Crawford
Stephen Fields
Jose Granados
Roberto Graziotto
Michael Hanby
Roch Kereszty
V. Bradley Lewis
Antonio Lopez
Margaret H. McCarthy
Simon Oliver
Stefan Oster
William L. Portier

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David L. Schindler is provost and dean of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. He is also the editor of Communio: International Catholic Review (Anglo-American edition) and the author of Heart of the World, Center of the Church.

David L. Schindler was born in 1943.

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The greatest of these is Love  May 20, 2008
This was recommended to me by a seminarian friend of mine. I had never heard of the author before but he certainly is a good modern theologian. Here is an excellent treatise on the primacy of Primal Love over subjective human experience, acknowledge, or any sort of external action. He attacks the concept of a general elevation of societies towards God, and knowledge being adequate to understand God. He maintains love encapsulates all of these, and the rest are proven to be insufficient in dealing with The Other by themselves.

This was a hard read, though a short one. It was a little to do with some of the difficult language used but also because of the format of the work. There is severe overkill of parenthesis where there should have been footnotes, and kills the flow of reading. Also, the typeset is much too large, and the book should only be about fifty of so pages. Really, it would have been better as part of a collection of theological essays than as a book in and of itself.
 
Read slowly. Again and again  Oct 24, 2007
Von Balthasar's writings are like good wine. They require time. Don't try and plow through this little book trying to extract the key points. Rather, soak in it. Read and reread and reread the passages.

Almost like a liturgy, the rythmn of his thought gradually begins to weave around into the rythmn of your own thoughts. The goal of the book is simple and in the title: love alone is credible. Not thought, not subjective experience, not service, not great theology, but love fully expressed in the absolute kenosis (self-emptying/self-giving) love of the Son.

I hate to write too much about the content except to say that it is worthy for reading multiple times. As I was reading this book, I realized in a deeper sense why that it is better to read a few book over and over instead of reading many books on a superficial/intellectual level.
 
A Good Start  Mar 31, 2007
Love Alone is Credible is a good start to understanding the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar. It stands as a summary of his intriguing and important theory of the conjunction between beauty and love. Love Alone is Credible is a short, yet dense, introduction to his von Balthasar's larger corpus of work.
 
Beginning to Read von Balthasar  Feb 25, 2006
It is difficult to know where to begin in von Balthasar. Until recently, I had usually recommended Mysterium Paschale, because the topic (Holy Saturday) is seldom written about in depth, and because the book is simply beautiful.

But now this is the volume I will recommend. It is a brief introduction to von Balthasar's overall project, especially his magnum opus, the multi-volume The Glory of the Lord. It is an unusual kind of apologetic work, yet it is compelling.

It may be especially helpful because it charts a course between the Scylla and Charybdis of the "credible" options- the Roman Catholic tradition or Protestant sola scriptura, and posits a third way, the love itself, Trinitarian and therefore encompassing of us as well.
 
The Primacy of Love  Aug 5, 2004
This small book, first published in 1963, can serve as an entry point to von Balthasar's vast and sometimes intimidating oeuvre.

Its first two chapters critique the cosmological and anthropological arguments for God's existence. Because the author presumes a more than passing familiarity with European philosophy, this section may be tough sledding for some. But keep reading. The bulk of the book is an accessible exploration of the primacy of love in Christian faith and life.

Essentially, Von Balthasar seeks to remind modern Christians that God's absolute love in Jesus Christ is the source, center, means, and goal of the Christian faith. In light of this love, the dogmas of Christian orthodoxy are seen not as distant and restrictive abstractions but as liberating preconditions for human fulfillment.

There is inspiration as well as intellectual challenge here. Love Alone is Credible asks its readers to contemplate anew the heart of the Christian faith, and to venture forth transformed.
 

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