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In the 12 months before his death on June 26, 1988, Hans Urs von Balthasar had been writing a series of reflections on the 12 articles of the Apostles' Creed. They appeared, as they were being written, in the pastoral bulletins of a number of German dioceses. Although he himself may not have conceived of them as such, these texts, which are undoubtedly among the last things he wrote, take on the character of a spiritual testament. For they amount in their compactness and depth to a little summa of his theology. What he had set out in detail in numerous books over five decades, he summarises here in contemplative plainess and simplicity.
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Balthasar Hans Urs Von
Hans Urs von Balthasar (August 12, 1905-June 26, 1988) was a Swiss theologian and was nominated to be a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church but died two days before his consecration.Balthasar is perhaps most well known for his works in three parts (his Trilogy): The Glory of the Lord, a 7-volume work on 'theological aesthetics' (a theology of belief based on contemplation of the good, the beautiful, and the true). One of the often quoted passages from the entire Trilogy comes from the First Volume The Glory of the Lord: I Seeing the Form:Before the beautiful no, not really before but within the beautiful the whole person quivers. He not only 'finds' the beautiful moving; rather, he experiences himself as being moved and possessed by it.