Hans Urs Von Balthasar and Protestantism
This book examines Balthasar's engagement with Protestantism, primarily in the persons of Martin Luther and Karl Barth, a topic which has not yet been given the attention it deserves. Furthermore, instead of focusing on particular theological issues, such as soteriology...
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This book examines Balthasar's engagement with Protestantism, primarily in the persons of Martin Luther and Karl Barth, a topic which has not yet been given the attention it deserves. Furthermore, instead of focusing on particular theological issues, such as soteriology or ecclesiology, the book examines the implications of this engagement for Fundamental Theology.At the very root of Luther's confrontation with the Catholic Church of the Late Middle Ages, lies his antipathy for Aristotle and for "natural theology." In other words, the Protestant difference has as much to do with its suspicion of the treatment of faith and reason in Catholic thought as it does of the Catholic treatment of faith and works.This is a suspicion that is only exacerbated in Barth's identification of the "analogy of being" with the Antichrist. Balthasar takes these criticisms very seriously, and, in addressing them, not only has much of relevance to say to the Catholic-Protestant differences, but also has much to say to the Yale-Chicago differences. In short, this study treats primarily Balthasar's dialogue with Luther and Barth, with the hope that this dialogue will shed light on the impasse that seems to have arisen between the so-called "correlation" and "revelocentric" schools of contemporary theology. If, indeed, Christ is the "concrete universal," then we shouldn't have to decide between the two. Part of this proposal, then, is to emphasize the fact that Balthasar refuses to separate Fundamental and Dogmatic theology.
Rodney Howsare (Ph.D., Marquette University) is Associate Professor of Fundamental Theology DeSales University. His first major book publication is Hans Urs von Balthasar and Protestantism: The Ecumenical Implications of His Theological Style (T&T Clark). He has also had scholarly articles published in Fides Quarens Intellectum, and the Josephinum Journal of Theology.
He has delivered several presentations to the College Theology Society. He also directs the university's collaboration on the annual Robert Campbell Lectureship on Ecumenism.
In the Fall 2007 semester, Dr. Howsare represented the department in a semester-abroad program in Rome, Italy. In the Spring 2008 semester, Dr. Howsare enjoyed a sabbatical to work on his new book - Hans Urs von Balthasar: A Guide for the Perplexted (T&T Clark).
- Chapter One: Ecumenical Dialogue: Fundamental Considerations; A. The Root Of The Contemporary Problem; B. Historical Excursus: Aquinas And Kant On Faith And Reason; C. Toward A Philosophy Of Dialogue; D. Historical Excursus: The Transcendental Properties Of Being; E. Theological Aesthetics And Dialogue; Chapter Two: Ecumenical Dialogue: Theological Considerations; A. Difficulties With Official Ecumenism; B. Ecclesiology And Dialogue; C. The Nature Of Theology And Dialogue; D. Einfaltungen; E. Conclusion; Chapter Three: Balthasar On Luther's Theologia Crucis; A. Introduction; B. Nominalism And Luther; C. Luther's New Approach To Theology; D. Luther's Theology Of The Cross; E. The Righteousness Of God; F. Balthasar And Luther; G. Balthasar On Luther's Soteriology; H. Balthasar On Luther's Fundamental Theology; I. Evaluation And Conclusion; Chapter Four: Barth And The Analogia Entis; A. Introduction; B. The Analogy Of Being; C. Barth's Early Theology; D. Balthasar's Barth; E. Balthasar's Critique; F. Implications And Conclusion; Chapter Five: The Cosmological And Anthropological Alternatives; A. Introduction; B. Summary Of Luther's And Barth's Contributions; C. The Third Way: Love Alone; D. The Cosmological Approach; E. The Anthropological Approach; F. Balthasar's Critique Of Rahner; G. Summary And Conclusion; Chapter Six: Balthasar's Ecumenical Style: Cases In Point; A. Introduction; B. The Cross And The Trinity; C. Nature And Grace; D. Christian Philosophy? E. Ecclesiology And The Hegemony Of The Secular; F. Dramatic Soteriology; Conclusion; A. Summary; B. Final Questions; Index