A Trinitarian Anthropology: Adrienne von Speyr and Hans Urs von Balthasar in Dialogue with Thomas Aquinas, by Schumacher Michele.
The Catholic University of America Press (November 7, 2014).
In this magisterial work, Michele M. Schumacher seeks to promote dialogue between disciples of the Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar (d. 1988) and those of the church's common doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas (d. 1274) on a critical theological question. How are analogies and metaphors from the philosophy and theology of the person (anthropology) rightly used to address the mystery of the Trinity? She does so by considering the specific setting of Balthasar's theology: the inseparability of his work from that of the Swiss physician and mystic Adrienne von Speyr (d. 1967).
Most Balthasar scholars have not addressed in any significant manner the figure and influence of von Speyr, perhaps owing to the unsystematic nature of her more than 60 volumes (approximately 15,000 pages) of mystical theology. In addition, there is the even more lengthy work of Balthasar himself. A Trinitarian Anthropology explores von Speyr's vast mystically - and biblically-inspired theology, and the significant connections between her teaching and his.
Schumacher systematically exposits the Trinitarian theological anthropology of von Speyr, as it emerges through her vast corpus, in parallel with a development of the same theme in Balthasar's work. She uses as the basis for her work a key theme of Balthasar's anthropology: the mystery of "difference-in-unity." Balthasar presents this mystery of the theology of the person in terms of certain Spannungen or tensions: the body and the soul; the individual and the community; man and woman; nature and grace; and person and mission.
Finally, the volume exposits Aquinas' own doctrine on theological discourse, in view of initiating a dialogue with his disciples. This it does not only by responding to many of their challenges to Balthasar and their criticisms of his work, but also by demonstrating, in a spirit of Catholicism, the congruity (unity-in-difference) between Balthasar's doctrine and that of St. Thomas.
Balthasar on the Spiritual Senses: Perceiving Splendour, by Mark McInroy.
Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 22, 2014)
In this study, Mark McInroy argues that the "spiritual senses" play a crucial yet previously unappreciated role in the theological aesthetics of Hans Urs von Balthasar. The doctrine of the spiritual senses typically claims that human beings can be made capable of perceiving non-corporeal, "spiritual" realities. After a lengthy period of disuse, Balthasar recovers the doctrine in the mid-twentieth century and articulates it afresh in his theological aesthetics. At the heart of this project stands the task of perceiving the absolute beauty of the divine form through which God is revealed to human beings. Although extensive scholarly attention has focused on Balthasar's understanding of revelation, beauty, and form, what remains curiously under-studied is his model of the perceptual faculties through which one beholds the form that God reveals. McInroy claims that Balthasar draws upon the tradition of the spiritual senses in order to develop the means through which one perceives the "splendour" of divine revelation.
McInroy further argues that, in playing this role, the spiritual senses function as an indispensable component of Balthasar's unique, aesthetic resolution to the high-profile debates in modern Catholic theology between Neo-Scholastic theologians and their opponents. As a third option between Neo-Scholastic "extrinsicism," which arguably insists on the authority of revelation to the point of disaffecting the human being, and "immanentism," which reduces God's revelation to human categories in the name of relevance, McInroy proposes that Balthasar's model of spiritual perception allows one to be both delighted and astounded by the glory of God's revelation.
Marcion and Prometheus: Balthasar Against the Expulsion of Jewish Origins from Modern Religious Dialogue, by Anthony Sciglitano.
The Crossroad Publishing Company (May 15, 2014).
Highlighting the dangerous tendency among the humanist critics of Christianity to dismiss or “debunk” the religious claims of historic Judaism, this study defends the importance of Jewish revelation and seeks to build a bridge between conservative Christians and faithful Jews. In doing so, it clarifies the uniqueness and historical claims of Christianity, especially in the context of interreligious dialogue. The book grounds itself in the thought of Swiss theologian and priest Hans Urs von Balthasar, who argued that the Western modernist dismissal of Jewish religious was a reinvention of the historical heresy of Marcionism, which rejected the Hebrew Bible and the Old Testament God. The book contends that for genuine, effective interreligious dialogue to occur, there must be more respect for Jewish origins.
Anatomy of Misremembering: Von Balthasars Response to Philosophical Modernity. Volume 1: Hegel, by Cyril O'Regan.
The Crossroad Publishing Company (March 15, 2014).
This compelling work is the most comprehensive and sophisticated account to date of the relationship between Hans Urs von Balthasar—a Swiss theologian and Catholic priest—and the German philosopher Georg Hegel. While underscoring the depth and breadth of Balthasar’s engagement with the philosopher, author Cyril O’Regan argues that Balthasar is the most concertedly anti-Hegelian theologian of the 20th century. For him, it is essential to engage Hegel because of his corrections of sclerotic forms of premodern Christian thought, but even more importantly to resist and correct his systematic thought, which represents a comprehensive misremembering of the Christian thought, practices, and forms of life. An important and original work, this book addresses a topic that puts the possibility of an authentic postmodern theology at stake.
Saving Karl Barth: Hans Urs von Balthasar's Preoccupation, by D. Stephen Long.
Fortress Press (February 1, 2014).
Challenging recent rejections of Hans Urs von Balthasar's groundbreaking study of Karl Barth's theology, Stephen Long argues that these interpreters are myopically impatient with the nuances of Balthasar's reading of Barth and fail to appreciate the longstanding theological friendship that perdured. Even more, current readings threaten to repristinate the embattled divide hallmarking Protestant-Catholic relations prior to Vatican II. Long contends against these contemporary trajectories in a substantial defense of Balthasar's theological preoccupation with Barth's thought. This book offers one of the first full contextualizations of the friendship that developed between Balthasar and Barth, which lasted from the 1930s until Balthasar's death in the 1980s. Re-evaluating Balthasar's theological work on Barth, the present volume provides a critical new reading of not only Balthasar's original volume but a wider account of the systematic engagement Balthasar carried on throughout his career. Within this, a paradigm for fruitful, generous ecumenical dialogue emerges.
Balthasar: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed), by Rodney Howsare.
T & T Clark International (August 2009)
This is a concise and helpful guide for students grappling with the main principles of Balthasar's thought. Balthasar's thought, if it is anything, is perplexing, and it is perplexing for a number of reasons. In this "Guide for the Perplexed", Rodney Howsare gives the reader a handle on these perplexing aspects of Balthasar's thought. In the first chapter he introduces the reader to the man and his unique method of doing theology. He then moves on to explaining the basic structure and nature of the triology: the aesthetics, dramatics and logic. He then deals with various theological topics: Jesus Christ, The Trinity, The Drama of Redemption, The Church and Mary, and The Last Things. A final chapter summarizes Balthasar's place in modern theology and suggests further readings for the interested reader. "Continuum's Guides for the Perplexed" are clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers can find especially challenging - or indeed downright bewildering. Concentrating specifically on what it is that makes the subject difficult to grasp, these books explain and explore key themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of demanding material.
| How Balthasar Changed My Mind: 15 Scholars Reflect on the Meaning of Balthasar for Their Own Work, by Rodney A. Howsare PhD (Editor), Larry S. Chapp PhD (Editor). |
The Crossroad Publishing Company (November 1, 2008)
Addressing 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.
| Love Alone Is Credible: Hans Urs Von Balthasar As Interpreter of the Catholic Tradition (Ressourcement: Retrieval and Renewal in Catholic Thought), edited by David L. Schindler. |
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (July 2, 2008)
In Hans Urs von Balthasar’s masterwork, The Glory of the Lord, the great theologian used the term "theological aesthetic" to describe what he believed to the most accurate method of interpreting the concept of divine love, as opposed to approaches founded on historical or scientific grounds. In this newly translated book, von Balthasar delves deeper into this exploration of what love means, what makes the divine love of God, and how we must become lovers of God in the footsteps of saints like Francis de Sales, John of the Cross and Therese of Lisieux.
Based in the theological aesthetic form, Love Alone is Credible brings a fresh perspective on an oft-explored subject. A deeply insightful and profound theological meditation that serves to both deepen and inform the faith of the believer.
| Karl Barth and Hans Urs Von Balthasar: A Critical Engagement, by Stephen Wigley. |
T. & T. Clark Publishers (September 2007).
| Light in Darkness: Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Catholic Doctrine of Christ's Descent into Hell, by Alyssa Lyra Pitstick. |
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (February 28, 2007)
He descended into hell. Hans Urs von Balthasar, one of the most influential theologians of the twentieth-century, placed this affirmation of the Nicene Creed at the heart of his reflection on the world-altering events of Holy Week, asserting that this identification of God with the human experience is at the "absolute center" of the Christian faith.
Alyssa Lyra Pitstick’s Light in Darkness — the first comprehensive treatment of Balthasar’s theology of Holy Saturday — draws on the multiple yet unified resources of authoritative Catholic thinking on Christ’s descent to challenge Balthasar’s influential conclusions. This carefully argued, contrarian work is sure to spur debate across the theological spectrum.
| Divine Fruitfulness: A Guide to Balthasar's Theology Beyond the Trilogy, by Aidan Nichols. |
Catholic University of America Press (February 28, 2007)
This fifth and final book in Aidan Nichols's Introduction to Hans Urs von Balthasar series covers Balthasar's prodigious output from the 1940s to his death in 1988, leaving aside the great multi-volume trilogy. Nichols identifies Balthasar's most significant sources, including the Church Fathers (especially Origen, Gregory of Nyssa, Maximus the Confessor, and Augustine), Henri de Lubac, Karl Barth, and Adrienne von Speyr. He then guides the reader through Balthasar's works thematically, covering fundamental theological themes (revelation and theology, divine providence, the paschal mystery), Mary and the church, the saints, prayer and mysticism, and Christian literature. Readers familiar with Balthasar's corpus will immediately recognize the major works on which Nichols draws. Throughout, Nichols calls attention to the way in which these writings fill out and complete the trilogy.
| Scattering the Seed: A Guide Through Balthasar's Early Writings on Philosophy And the Arts, by Aidan Nichols. |
T. & T. Clark Publishers, Ltd. (September 26, 2006)
Aidan Nichols's newest book in his ongoing Introduction to Hans Urs Von Balthasar series investigates Balthasar's early explorations of music and the other arts, before launching into a ramifying but controlled survey of his—often highly original—interpretations of major philosophers and literary figures in the European tradition from the early modern period until the 1930s.
Balthasar seeks to discover elements of truth, goodness, and beauty in a rich range of figures. He gives special attention to classical German philosophers (such as Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, and Nietzsche), as well as to dramatists and novelists (notably Goethe, Schiller, and Dostoevsky), and to intellectual giants of his own century (such as Bergson, Scheler, and Barth). He also intends to prove that writers who had lost a living contact with the biblical revelation carried by Christianity were incapable of reconstituting a synthesis of ideas about the goal of man and the universe, an accomplishment that could be taken for granted in the high medieval epoch. At the same time, the modern writers whom Balthasar investigates add, in his view, crucial enhancements of human understanding—particularly in relation to history and the human subject—which must be factored into any new overall vision of the future of the human soul and indeed the human species in its cosmic environment.
| Hans Urs Von Balthasar And Protestantism: The Ecumenical Implications of His Theological Style , by Rodney Howsare. |
T. & T. Clark Publishers (September 30, 2005).
| Glory, Grace, and Culture: The Work of Hans Urs Von Balthasar |
This collection of nine essays examines and celebrates the life and thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar, one of the twentieth century's greatest Catholic theologians, an authority on the Church Fathers and author of the monumental, three-part, fifteen-volume The Glory of God, Theo-Drama, Theologic, as well as humanist, expert on culture, philosophy and literature, publisher and editor, and would-be cardinal. Appointed to become a cardinal by Pope John Paul II (he was regarded as the Pope's favorite theologian), Balthasar died several days before his elevation.
Author and scholar Ed Block, Jr., leads as editor and contributor, providing an introduction, as well as the essay Theo-Drama that relates Balthasar's characteristic theme of Kenosis with the dramatist, actor, and audience. Dr. Block brings together seven distinguished fellow scholars--David Schindler (on Balthasar's negation of Nietzsche); Peter Casarella (on the meaning and purpose of Balthasar's theological language); Christophe Potoworowski (how Balthasar relates scriptural interpretation and holiness); David Yeago (the relationship between nature and grace); Aidan Nichols (Balthasar's theological aesthetics); Virgil Nemoianu (who places Balthasar among the world's great humanists); and Edward Oakes, SJ, (who discusses Balthasar's favor of the hermeneutical method over the historico-critical).
Together these writings display the interdisciplinary facets of Balthasar's thought that synthesize into a concise, deeply-held Christian account of God and the world.
Intended as an advanced primer for undergraduate audiences, this one-volume text, with endnotes and bibliography, presents a comprehensive look at the remarkable man and his thought.
| The Eschatology of Hans Urs von Balthasar: Being As Communion (Oxford Theological Monographs), by Nicholas J. Healy. |
Oxford University Press, USA (July 15, 2005)
The unifying centre of Nicholas J. Healy's book is an analysis, in dialogue with the metaphysics of Thomas Aquinas, of Balthasar's understanding of the analogy of being. This discussion of analogy is framed by an interpretation of Balthasar's trinitarian eschatology. Healy shows that the ultimate form of the end, and thus the measure of all that is meant by eschatology, is given in Christ's eucharistic and pneumatic gift of himself - a gift that simultaneously lays bare the mystery of God's trinitarian life and enables Christ to 'return' to the Father in communion with the whole of creation.
| The Cambridge Companion to Hans Urs von Balthasar, edited by Edward T. Oakes, S. J., David Moss. |
Cambridge University Press (September 13, 2004)
| Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Dramatic Structure of Truth: A Philosophical Investigation, by David Schindler. |
Fordham University Press (August 9, 2004)
Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905Ð1988) was one of the most prolific and influential theologians of the twentieth century. This book, the first English-language study of Balthasar, seeks to show the fruitfulness of his thought by drawing out its philosophical implications for the question of truth.D. C. Schindler argues that a "dramatic" approach, shaping both the form and content of philosophy, enables a new conception of being, of human consciousness, and of their coming together to satisfy both traditional concerns about unity and postmodern calls for difference-while avoiding the pitfalls of a one-sided emphasis on either.
| The Art of Theology: Hans Urs Von Balthasar's Theological Aesthetics and the Foundations of Faith (Studies in Philosophical Theology, 25), by Stephan Van Erp. |
Peeters (April 2004)
The twentieth century Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905-1988) wrote a seven volume masterpiece on theological aesthetics. He restructured theology around basic aesthetic concepts like form and beauty. The present study offers a critical analysis of Balthasar's work against the background of contemporary debates on theological foundations. The author approaches this task through a careful rereading of two of Balthasar's key sources: Nicholas of Cusa and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling. In this way the author rediscovers hidden undercurrents in modernity from Renaissance aesthetics to German Idealism. The result is a theological aesthetics rooted in tradition and capable of understanding and communicating faith in the face of present day challenges.
| Hans Urs Von Balthasar's Theological Aesthetics: A Model for Post-Critical Biblical Interpretation, by William T. Dickens. |
University of Notre Dame Press (November 2003)
| Systematic Thought of Von Balthasar: An Irenaean Retrieval, by Kevin Mongrain. |
Herder & Herder (June 25, 2002).
| Towards a Theology of God the Father: Hans Urs von Balthasar's Theodramatic Approach, by Margaret M. Turek. |
Peter Lang Publishing (July 2001)
Among Hans Urs von Balthasar's vast corpus of theological works not one is found devoted specifically to an elaboration of a doctrine of God the Father. This study gathers and interprets Balthasar's many scattered reflections on the mystery of the God of Jesus Christ - especially those concentrated in his Theological Dramatic Theory - on its way to constructing an approach towards a theology of God's Fatherhood. Several of the most significant current issues in theology are addressed in this study, such as a reinterpretation of divine omnipotence in terms of the Father's all-powerful powerlessness, the question of the possibility of coexistence between infinite freedom and finite freedom, an understanding of the immutability of God that allows for the Father's being affected in some way by finite freedom, and an account of the Father's generative act that sees as integral to it a properly paternal modality of receptivity.
| No Bloodless Myth: A Guide through Balthasar's Dramatics, by Fr. Aidan Nichols. |
Catholic University of America Press (March 2000)
| The Ethical Thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar, by Christopher W. Steck. |
Herder & Herder (December 2001)
| Say It Is Pentecost: A Guide through Balthasar's Logic, by Aidan Nichols. |
Catholic University of America Press (March 2001)
This book offers a comprehensive summary and interpretation of Balthasar’s logic. Nichols also considers the way in which the early volume "The Truth of the World" points forward to the theological aesthetics and dramatics and also how "Theo-Logic’s" concluding volumes pick up the themes of "The Glory of the Lord" and "Theo-Drama." He looks particularly at how Balthasar relates revelation of divine beauty and divine goodness to the unfolding of divine truth. The book concludes with a retrospective review of the trilogy as a whole.
| Hans Urs von Balthasar: Outstanding Christian Thinkers, by John O'Donnell. |
Continuum International Publishing Group; New Ed edition (October 2000)
| Person to Person: Friendship and Love in the Life and Theology of Hans Urs Von Balthasar, by John S. Bonnici. |
Alba House (July 1999).
| The Word Has Been Abroad: A Guide Through Balthasar's Aesthetics, by Aidan Nichols. |
Catholic University of America Press (June 1998)
Awarded the prestigious Paul VI Prize for theology and designated a Cardinal just before his death in 1988 by Pope John Paul II, Balthasar's writings have clearly helped to shape the theological style of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. His seven-volume series The Glory of the Lord provides a rich and complex theological aesthetics approaching God (unusually) through the transcendental attribute of Beauty (Glory) rather than directly through Truth or Goodness, and drawing not only upon theology but upon the entire breadth of the European literary and religious tradition-ancient, mediaeval, modern, and postmodern.
Understandably, The Glory of the Lord in its very extent and range is difficult to assimilate. In "The Word Has Been Abroad," Aidan Nichols, one of Britain's most accomplished and lucid theological writers, succeeds in summarizing the essential theological content of Balthasar's monumental work, against the background of the living Christian tradition to which it bears such impressive witness. In this way, Father Nichols has provided a much-needed key to understanding one of the most difficult but important writers of our time.
| || The Dramatic Encounter of Divine and Human Freedom in the Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar |
Peter Lang Publishing (1st Edition, 1997)
| Pattern of Redemption: The Theology of Hans Urs Von Balthasar, by Edward T. Oakes. |
Continuum International Publishing Group; New Ed edition (May 1997)
| || The God Who Speaks: Hans Urs Von Balthasar's Theology of Revelation (Distinguished Research) , by Larry S. Chapp. |
Intl Scholars Pubns (January 1997)
This new study is a unique contribution to the understanding of Balthasar's theology. The central thesis of Chapp's text is that Balthasar's seemingly eclectic writings can be interpreted as a coherent theological whole centered around a single controlling idea: that the Christian God is a "God who speaks" and a "God who would be known". This study is unique for it recognizes the deeply held Christian conviction that the God of Jesus Christ is a God who speaks in an articulate, recognizable, and historically visible manner. It is Chapp's contention that Balthasar's entire theological opus can be interpreted as an elaborate theology of revelation that develops a "theology of the finite" (using aesthetic and dramatic analogical categories) that acts as the condition of possibility for God's historically visible self-disclosure.
| || Marian Principle in the Church According to Hans Urs Von Balthasar |
Peter Lang Pub Inc (December 1996)
| Christology from Within: Spirituality and the Incarnation in Hans Urs von Balthasar, by Mark A. McIntosh. |
Univ of Notre Dame Pr (September 1996).
| Word and Silence: Hans Urs Von Balthasar and the Spiritual Encounter Between East and West, by Raymond Gawronski. |
Eerdmans Pub Co (October 1995).
| Hans Urs Von Balthasar: A Theological Style , by Angelo Cardinal Scola. |
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (September 1995)
| Hans Urs Von Balthasar: His Life and Work, edited by David Schindler. |
Ignatius Press (October 1991)
| The Immutability of God in the Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasarby Gerard F. O'Hanlon. |
Cambridge University Press (October 26, 1990)
This study shows how the trinitarian theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar opens up an aproach to the controverted question of God's immutability and impassibility which succeeds in respecting both the transcendence and the immanence of God. Contrary to both Process thought and the classical Thomist position, von Balthasar's scattered treatment is here presented thematically, in a way which makes it clear that his idea of an analogous event in the trinitarian God (in which we participate) is a radical re-interpretation of the traditional Christian axiom of divine immutability.
- von Balthasar: A Short Biography - an outline of Balthasar's life, talents, relationships, and achievements
- von Balthasar: Formative Influences - the main influences, classical and modern, that shape Balthasar's thought
- von Balthasar: A Theological Overview - a brief consideration of Balthasar's overall theology
- Hans Urs von Balthasar: A sketch of his life, by Peter Henrici. Communio: International Catholic Review 16.3 Fall 1989: The Life and Work of H. U. von Balthasar.
- vonspeyr.net devoted to the theological study of Adrienne von Speyr.
- A Timeline of Balthasar's Life courtesy of the Centro di studi Hans Urs von Balthasar.
- Love Alone is Believable: Hans Urs von Balthasar's Apologetics, by Fr. John R. Cihak @ Ignatius Insight. May 2005.
- Uniting Faith and Culture: Hans Urs von Balthasar, by John-Peter Pham. Modern Age 42:2, Spring 2000.
- Bridge to Balthasar ("Christendom Awake" website).
- The Glorious Doctor, by Richard J. Neuhaus. First Things August/September 1995.
- Into the mind and heart of God - theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar, by Fr. Richard J. Neuhaus. National Review December 31, 1994.
- A Résumé of My Thought, by Hans Urs von Balthasar. Translated by Kelly Hamilton. Communio 15 (Winter 1988).
- An Introduction to Hans Urs von Balthasar, by Stratford Caldecott.
- Breve semblanza de Hans Urs von Balthasar, by Diác Jorge Novoa - a short presentation in Spanish of the life and work of von Balthasar.
- A suggested reading list of works related to the study of Urs von Balthasar's theology, by Douglas Lancashire.
- Bridge to Balthasar - Origins. E-mail conversations by Mark Alder & Aidan Nichols.
- A Witness of Christ in the Church, by Henri de Lubac, S.J. Eulogy delivered by Cardinal Henri de Lubac in honor of his deceased friend and former student.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar: Where to Start? Todd Walatka. Memoria Dei 02/02/11.
- "Conversion in the New Testament." 1, no. 1 (1974): 47-59.
- "In Retrospect." 2, no. 3 (1975): 197-220.
- "Select Bibliography of Hans Urs von Balthasar." 2, no. 3 (1975): 220-27.
- "The Meaning of Celibacy." 3, no. 4 (1976): 318-29.
- "On Unceasing Prayer." 4, no. 2 (1977): 99-113.
- "Catholicism and the Religions." 5, no. 1 (1978): 6-14.
- "Christian Prayer." 5, no. 1 (1978): 15-22.
- "Response to my Critics." 5, no. 1 (1978): 69-76.
- "Current Trends in Catholic Theology and the Responsibility of the Christian." 5, no. 1 (1978): 77-85.
- "Pistis and Gnosis." 5, no. 1 (1978): 86-95.
- "The Grandeur of the Liturgy." 5, no. 4 (1978): 344-51.
- "On the Withdrawal of Hans Küng's Authorization to Teach." 7, no. 1 (1980): 90-93.
- "Reflections on the Discernment of Spirits." 7, no. 3 (1980): 196-208.
- "Theology and Aesthetic." 8, no. 1 (1981): 62-71.
- "The Anti-Roman Attitude" 8, no. 4 (1981): 307-21.
- "From the Theology of God to Theology in the Church." 9, no. 3 (1982): 195-223.
- "Should Faith or Theology Be the Basis of Catechesis?" 10, no. 1 (1983): 10-16.
- "Unity and Diversity in the New Testament Theology." 10, no. 2 (1983): 106-16.
- "Earthly Beauty and Divine Glory." 10, no. 3 (1983): 202-6.
- "Transcendentality and Gestalt." 11, no. 1 (1984): 4-12.
- "Jesus and Forgiveness." 11, no. 4 (1984): 322-34.
- "Life and Institution in the Church." 12, no. 1 (1985): 25-32.
- "The Holy Church and the Eucharistic Sacrifice." 12, no. 2 (1985): 139-45.
- "Toward a Theology of Christian Prayer." 12, no. 3 (1985): 245-57.
- "Peace and Theology." 12, no. 4 (1985): 398-40.
- "On the Concept of Person." 13, no. 1 (1986): 18-26.
- "The Poverty of Christ." 13, no. 3 (1986): 196-98.
- "God is His Own Exegete." 13, no. 4 (1986): 280-87.
- "Death is Swallowed up by Life." 14, no. 1 (1987): 49-54.
- "The Meaning of Christ's Saying: 'I Am the Truth.'" 14, no. 2 (1987): 158-160.
- "Theology and Holiness." 14, no. 4 (1987): 341-50.
- "The Marian Principle." 15, no. 1 (1988): 122-30 RT.
- "Editorial: The Meaning of the Communion of Saints." 15, no. 2 (1988): 160-62.
- "Catholicism and the Communion of Saints." 15, no. 2 (1988): 163-68.
- "Creation and Trinity." 15, no. 3 (1988): 285-93.
- "Editorial: Buddhism-An Approach to Dialogue." 15, no. 4 (1988): 403-10.
- "A Résumé of My Thought." 15, no. 4 (1988): 468-73.
- "Natural Law and Private Ownership." 17, no. 1 (1990): 105-19 RT.
- "The Mission of Communio." 19, no. 3 (1992): 509 NC.
- "The Council of the Holy Spirit." 17, no. 4 (1990): 595-611 RT.
- "Eternal Life and the Human Condition." 18, no. 1 (1991): 4-23.
- "Still the First Commandment." 19, no. 1 (1992): 179-82 RT.
- "Communio: International Catholic Review." 19, no. 3 (1992): 507-8 NC.
- "On the Task of Catholic Philosophy in Our Time." 20, no. 1 (1993): 147-87 RT.
- "A Word on Humanae Vitae." 20, no. 2 (1993): 437-50 RT.
- "Theo-Logic: On the Work as a Whole." 20, no. 4 (1993): 623-37.
- "Women Priests? A Marian Church in a Fatherless and Motherless Culture." 22, no. 1 (1995): 164-70 RT.
- "Jesus as Child and His Praise of the Child." 22, no. 4 (1995): 625-34.
- "How Weighty is the Argument from 'Uninterrupted Tradition' to Justify the Male Priesthood?" 23, no. 1 (1996): 185-92 RT.
- "Mary-Church-Office." 23, no. 1 (1996): 193-98 RT.
- "Georges Bernanos on Reason: Prophetic, Free, and Catholic." 23, no. 2 (1996): 389-418 RT.
- "Christ: Alpha and Omega." 23, no. 3 (1996): 465-71.
- "Thoughts on the Priesthood of Women." 23, no. 4 (1996): 701-9.
- "The Fathers, the Scholastics, and Ourselves." 24, no. 2 (1997): 347-96 RT.
- "Afterword to The Satin Slipper." 26, no. 1 (1999): 186-211 RT.
- "Faith and the Expectation of an Imminent End." 26, no. 4 (1999): 687.
- "Asceticism." 27, no. 1 (2000): 14-26.
- "Good and Evil: Epilogue to Nietzsche." 27, no. 3 (2000): 594-99 RT.
- "Tribute to Mozart." 28, no. 2 (2001): 398-399.
- "Why We Need Nicholas of Cusa." 28, no. 4 (2001): 854-859.
- "Joy and the Cross." 31, no. 2 (2004): 332–44.
- and Michael Albus. "Spirit and Fire. An Interview With Hans Urs von Balthasar." 32, no. 3 (2005): 573–593. SH
- Communio: A Program." 33, no. 1 (2006): 153-169.
- Where Does Fidelity Dwell? 34, no. 4 (2007): 495-510.
- "Vocation." 37, no. 1 (Spring 2010).
- The King and His Kingdom | Fr. Hans Urs von Balthasar | From You Crown the Year with Your Goodness: Sermons Throughout the Liturgical Year
- Fr. von Balthasar: People "need to recognize the incomparable, the unique character of the Gospel" - An excerpt from a 1986 interview with Fr. Hans Urs von Balthasar, by Angelo Scola. Excerpted from Test Everything: Hold Fast to What Is Good (Ignatius Press, 1989).
- Theologians and Saints From Explorations in Theology, vol. 1: The Word Made Flesh
- "Jesus Is Catholic" From In The Fullness of Faith: On the Centrality of the Distinctively Catholic. Courtesy of Ignatius Insight.
- A Theology of Anxiety? . The Introduction to The Christian and Anxiety.
- "Love must be Perceived", Chapter 15, excerpted from Love Alone is Credible. Courtesy of Ignatius Insight.
- "The Cross, For Us", excerpt from A Short Primer for Unsettled Laymen. Courtesy of Ignatius Insight.
- Church Authority and the Petrine Element, excerpt from In The Fullness of Faith: On the Centrality of the Distinctively Catholic.
- The Cross, For Us. Excerpt from Short Primer for Unsettled Laymen.
- A Résumé of My Thought, Translated by Kelly Hamilton. Originally published in Communio 15 (Winter 1988).
- The Fathers, the Scholastics, and Ourselves, by Hans Urs von Balthasar. Originally published in 1939. "Patristik, Scholastik und wir" Theologie der Zeit.
- The Filioque and Catholicity, from Explorations in Theology: IV: Spirit and Institution Part One: At the Source from Chapter Four: "The Claim to Catholicity", pp. 65-121 In the dialogue between Christians, pp. 112-11.
- Preface to Heart Of The World.
- The Humor of the Saints, excerpt from The Office of Peter and the Structure of the Church.
- Jesus Christ: The Inexhaustible Treasure. Excerpt from the chapter "The Word Is Made Flesh", Prayer.
- The maximality of love: the criterion of Catholic Dogma, from Truth is Symphonic.
- On Women in the Priesthood.
- Seeing, Hearing and Reading with the Church, from Exploration in Theology II: The Spouse of the Word, pp. 473-4.
- St. John of the Cross. Excerpt from The Glory of the Lord Vol. III: Studies in Theological Styles - Lay Styles.
- Why I Am A Catholic. The present abridgment and translation was made by Augustine Valkenburg, 0.P., and first published in the Irish monthly, The Furrow, for March, 1972. Passages from the longer piece, as given in Elucidations).
- The Worthiness Of The Liturgy, from New Elucidations.
- Virgin Mary: Mother and Daughter of Your Son. L'Osservatore Romano Weekly Edition in English. 30 May 2001.
- The Mission of Commmunio. Published in Communio: International Catholic Review 1992.
- "Into the Dark with God": A Christmas Meditation on the Incarnation, for a Troubled World. from the collection You Crown the Year With Your Goodness Ignatius Press, 1989. (The German original was published in 1982). Courtesy of Godspy.com.
- Contemplation Unites Liturgy with Daily Life. Excerpt from Prayer. Originally published in German in 1961, Prayer was re-published by Ignatius Press in 1986; translated by Graham Harrison.
- The Conquest of the Bride. Excerpt from Chapter 12, Heart of the World.
- A Divided Church?, excerpt from the Third Volume of the Theo-Dramatic.
- "The Little Way". Chapter 3 of Therese of Lisieux.
- Lent: Love Provides a Last Chance. Reproduced from Hans Urs von Balthasar, You Crown the Year with Your Goodness: Sermons through the Liturgical Year.
- Good Friday: The Scapegoat and the Trinity Reproduced from Hans Urs von Balthasar, You Crown the Year with Your Goodness: Sermons through the Liturgical Year.
- Into the Dark with God: A Christmas Meditation on the Incarnation, for a Troubled World Reproduced from Hans Urs von Balthasar, You Crown the Year with Your Goodness: Sermons through the Liturgical Year.
- Reading von Balthasar Together: An Interview with Adam Janke | Carl E. Olson Ignatius Insight. February 22, 2007.
- The Marian Profile in the Ecclesiology of Hans Urs von Balthasar. New City Magazine interviews author Brendan Leahy.
Balthasar and Karl Rahner
- Debating Karl Rahner and Hans urs Von Balthasar, by John L. Allen, Jr. "Word from Rome" National Catholic Reporter Nov. 28, 2003.
- The Faith-Culture Dialogue : Karl Rahner and Hans Urs von Von Balthasar, by Bevil Bramwell OMI. Catholic Social Scientist Review Vol. VII, 2002.
- Karl Rahner and Hans Urs von Balthasar. Interview w/ Werner Loser. America Issue: Oct 16, 1999.
- Prayer as the Ladder to Heaven: Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Trinity and Prayer JinHyok Kim. Torch Trinity Journal 16.1 (2013): 60-72.
- Why Von Balthasar was Wrong about Holy Saturday, by Stephen H. Webb. First Things 8/27/13.
- The Dazzling Darkness of God’s Triune Love: Introducing Evangelicals to the Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar, by Stephen M. Garrett. Themelios Volume 35, Issue 3. November 2010.
- Balthasar, his Christology, and the Mystery of Easter Aidan Nichols OP | Introduction to Hans Urs von Balthasar's Mysterium Paschale.
- Depicting the Whole Christ: Hans Urs von Balthasar and Sacred Architecture by Philip Nielsen. Sacred Architecture Vol. 16 (Fall 2009).
- Discerning What Is Christian", by Margaret M. Turek. (Foreword to Hans Urs von Balthasar's Engagement with God).
- The form and drama of the church; Hans Urs von Balthasar on Mary, Peter, and the Eucharist, by Robert C. Koerpel. Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture Winter 2008
- The unselfing activity of the Holy Spirit in the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar, by Jeffrey A. Vogel. Logos: Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture Fall 2007.
- Eyes of faith: an apologetic of beauty, by Edward T. Oakes. Christian Century June 26, 2007.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar and some contemporary Catholic writers, by Ed Blok. Logos: Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture Summer 2007.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Tarot: A Review of Meditations on the Tarot by Anonymous (Valentin Tomberg), by Stratford Caldecott. Ignatius Insight. April 2007.
- Balthasar and Protestantism: The Ecumenical Implications of His Theological Style, by Edward T. Oakes. Theological Studies March, 2007.
- Von Balthasar and the Tarot by Carl Olson. Insight Scoop [blog] March 29, 2007.
- Balthasar, Hell, and Heresy: An Exchange, by Alyssa Lyra Pitstick / Edward T. Oakes, S.J. First Things (December 2006).
-- Responses to "Balthasar, Hell and Heresy" First Things (March 2007)
- Descensus ad inferos, Dawn of Hope. Aspects of the Theology of Holy Saturday in the Trilogy of Hans Urs von Balthasar, by Juan M. Sara. Communio Fall 2005.
- Balthasar and Anxiety: Methodological and Phenomenological Considerations, by Fr. John Cihak. The following paper was presented at the International Convention on the Occasion of the Centenary of the Birth of Hans Urs von Balthasar, October 7, 2005, at Lateran University in Rome.
- Defending von Balthasar's Apology of Holiness, by Mark A. Van Steenwyk. Quodlibet Journal of Christian Theology and Philosophy: Volume 7 Number 2, April - June 2005.
- John Paul II and Hans Urs von Balthasar: The Relationship Between Jews and the Church, by Bevil Bramwell OMI. Catholic Social Science Review Volume 10 (2005).
- Love Alone: Hans Urs von Balthasar as a Master of Theological Renewal Communio 32 (Fall 2005)
- Papal Authority in von Balthasar’'s Ecclesiology, by Raymond Cleaveland. Homiletic & Pastoral Review August / September 2005.
- Joy and the Cross Communio 31 (Spring 2004)
- J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis in light of Hans Urs von Balthasar, by Jeffrey L. Morrow. Renascence, Spring 2004.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar's Method of Divine Naming, by Br. Bernhard Blankenhorn, OP. Nova et Vera, English Edition, Vol. 1, No. 2 (2003): 245-68. [PDF File].
- Balthasar and the Co-Redemption, by Aidan Nichols, OP. Paper given at the Interntional Symposium on Marian Coredemption on Thursday 24th February 2000 held at Ratcliffe College, Nr. Leicester, England.
- The Social Thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar, by Stratford Caldecott. Catholic Social Science Review Volume V (2000).
- Uniting Faith and Culture: Hans Urs von Balthasar, by John Peter-Pham. Modern Age (42:2, Spring 2000).
- Casa Balthasar - A House of Discernment, by Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J. Adoremus Bulletin Vol. V, No. 6: September 1999.
- The Dialectic Of Religious Identity: Lonergan And Balthasar, by J.D. Dadosky. Theological Studies March 1999.
- The Ignatian Exercises in the Work of Hans Urs von Balthasar, by Werner Löser, S.J. Lecture at Boston College, January 28, 1999.
- The ressourcement of contemporary spirituality under the guidance of Adrienne von Speyr and Hans Urs von Balthasar, by Jacques Servais. Communio International Catholic Review. 23 (Summer 1996).
- Balthasar and Rahner on the spiritual senses, by Stephen Fields. Theological Studies June 1996.
- Balthasar on Eros, by Raymond Gawronski, SJ. Brief extract from Fr Gawronski, Word and Silence: Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Spiritual Encounter Between East and West (T&T Clark, 1995).
- The Educational Philosophy Of Maria Montessori In Light Of The Theological Anthropology Of Hans Urs Von Balthasar, by Michelle Guettler Castella.
- Von Balthasar, Mozart and the Quest of Beauty, by Mark Freer. [Unpublished paper].
- The Marian Theology of Von Balthasar and the Proposed Definition of Mary Co-redemptrix, by Sr. Thomas Mary McBride, O.P. Reproduced from Mary Co-redemptrix: Doctrinal Issues Today. [Christendom-Awake website].
- Mary Archetype of the Church According to Hans Von Balthasar, by Sr. Thomas Mary Mc Bride, O.P. Our Lady of Grace Monastery.
- Communio. History of the international cultural and theological review Commmunio.
- Theologische Positionen von Balthasars im Blick auf Rahner Sein als Geist â€“ Sein als Liebe, by Werner Löser SJ; Vortrag in der Karl Rahner Akademie in Köln am 19. January 2000.
- 'Von Balthasar, Rahner, and the Commissar', New Blackfriars, 79 (1998), 26-33.
- The Concept Of Representation In The Theology Of Hans Urs Von Balthasar, by Michele M. Schumacher. Theological Studies March 1999.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar: The Paschal Mystery, by John Webster. Evangel 1:4 (1983): 6-8.
- Maria als dramatische Person bei Hans Urs von Balthasar. Zum marianischen Prinzip seines Denkens. ["Mary as a dramatic person according to Hans Urs von Balthasar. The marian principle of his thinking"], by Hilda Steinhauer.
- En Christo. Nachfolge Jesu Christi als Teilhabe am eschatologischen Wirken Gottes bei Hans Urs von Balthasar. ["En Christo. Followship of Jesus Christ as participation in the eschatological act of God in the work of Hans Urs von Balthasar"], by Ch. Baich.
- Gott als Eschaton. Trinitarische Dramatik als Voraussetzung goettlicher Universalitaet bei Hans Urs von Balthasar. ["God as Eschaton. The trinitarian drama as precondition for the divine absolutness in the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar"], by K.J. Wallner.
- The Hope of Universal Salvation in the Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar and Wacław Hryniewicz, by Mariusz Majewski. Mount Angel Seminary. Spring 2006.
- Levinas, Von Balthasar and the Trinitarian Praxis, by Glenn Morrison. School of Theology; Australian Catholic University. August 2004.
Nothing has earned Balthasar the description of "controversial" more than his theological speculations on hell and the possibility of "universal salvation." Following is a collection of articles from all sides critiquing Balthasar's thought.
Catholic World Report Symposium: "Vatican II, Salvation and the Unsaved"
Introduction via Carl Olson (Ignatius Insight):
This special CWR symposium, consisting of eight essays, is the result of a promise made earlier this year as well as the desire to address and discuss some timely questions related to the Year of Faith (which concludes this Sunday on the Feast of Christ the King), the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, and the New Evangelization.
In April, CWR published a review by Dr. David Paul Deavel of Dr. Ralph Martin's book, Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization (Eerdmans, 2012). It was then decided that the review would be withdrawn until a later time; as Mark Brumley, president of Ignatius Press and publisher of CWR, explained, CWR wished “to provide a fuller treatment of a difficult subject than the original review, in my opinion, is able to provide. … The goal is to try to understand what’s what, who’s who, and how best to proceed in fulfilling the Great Commission, without overlooking the genuine nuances and insights theological wisdom provides.”
To that end, we asked six theologians to take up one, two, or all three of the following questions:
Those theologians are Douglas Bushman, STL, Dr. Nicholas Healy, Father David Meconi, SJ, Tracey Rowland, Father James V. Schall, SJ, and Father Thomas Joseph White, OP.
- What did the Council say about the possibility of salvation for those who do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church?
- What are the reasons for the apparent widespread loss of emphasis on evangelization following the Council?
- How can the directives of Vatican II and recent popes about evangelization be best explained and implemented?
This symposium includes Dr. Deavel’s original review, as well as essays from the seven authors above. It concludes with the essay, “Did Hans Urs von Balthasar Teach that Everyone Will Certainly be Saved?” by Mark Brumley.
- “Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required” by Douglas Bushman
- Vatican II and the “Bad News” of the Gospel by David Paul Deavel
- The Universality of Christ’s Saving Mission – The Teaching of Vatican II by Nicholas J. Healy, Jr.
- Salvation and Christian Evangelization: Vatican II in Continuity with Tradition by Father David Vincent Meconi, SJ
- Salvation and Missionary Work after Ad Gentes by Tracey Rowland
- On Universal Salvation: The Logic by James V. Schall, SJ
- Who Will Be Saved? The Council and the Question of Salvation by Father Thomas Joseph White, OP
- Did Hans Urs von Balthasar Teach that Everyone Will Certainly be Saved? by Mark Brumley
- Dare we Hope? Rorate Caeli 12/8/13:
Mark Brumley, in his own essay cleverly sidesteps one of the central accusations that Martin makes against Balthasar, namely that Balthasar makes specious use of his sources, often quoting them out of context or even to make the opposite point of what the author intended.
Instead, Brumley concludes the selection of essays by offering an alternative interpretation of Balthasar that would more easily harmonize with Tradition and Scripture regarding the “hope” of universal salvation.
But what does Scripture and Tradition tell us about hope and salvation? If God created everyone out of love, then surely he would will them all to reach their end - eternal happiness in heaven. And if he wills the end, then surely he wills the means, right? Therefore, all will be saved? ...
- Was Balthasar a Heretic?, by R.R. Reno. First Things October 13, 2008.
- Balthasar, Hell, and Heresy: An Exchange, by Alyssa Lyra Pitstick / Edward T. Oakes, S.J. First Things (December 2006).
-- More on Balthasar, Hell, and Heresy by Alyssa Lyra Pitstick/Edward T. Oakes, S.J. First Things January 2007.
-- Responses to "Balthasar, Hell and Heresy" First Things (March 2007)
- The Population of Hell, by Avery Cardinal Dulles. First Things May 2003. [Addressing Balthasar's Dare We Hope?].
- Will All Be Saved?, Richard J. Neuhaus. First Things 115 (August/September 2001): 77-104.
- The Inflated Reputation of Hans Urs von Balthasar. New Oxford Review March 2000.
- Is Hell Closed Up & Boarded Over?, by David Watt. New Oxford Review Feb. 1999.
- On Hope, Heaven and Hell, by Nick Jr. Healy. The University Concourse, Volume II, Issue 9. May 6, 1997.
- Von Balthasar and Salvation, by James T. O'Connor. Homiletic & Pastoral Review July 1989.
- BalthasarBooks.com - a new website by Carl Olson of Ignatius Press.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar: A Sketch, by Joel Garver.
- Die Hans Urs von Balthasar-Stiftung [The Hans Urs von Balthasar Foundation], dedicated to "keeping his work alive and communicating his spirit."
- Hans Urs von Balthasar @ Per Caritatem - Cynthia Nielsen blogs regularly on von Balthasar.
- Von Balthasar Discussion Forum @ EZBoards.com - all that is left, apparently, of Fr. Roderick Vonhogen's now defunct website on Balthasar (Fortunately the board is still active).
- The Hans Urs von Balthasar Center of Studies - Created by the founder of the Faculty of Theology of Lugano, Msgr. Eugenio Corecco, in February of 1993 with the intention of promoting knowledge of the thought of von Balthasar, an inspiring character of the theology taught at the Faculty. "The center intends to foster Â Balthasarian research through a descriptive approach and through in-depth study, including critical judgement, in order to show its relevance and the fecundity of his thought, both philosophical and theological."
- Willkommen beim Johannes Verlag Einsiedeln - The publishing house founded by Balthasar and von Speyr.
- Contact information for the Community of St. John, the secular institute founded by Balthasar and von Speyr.