Hans Urs von Balthasar: A Primer

By |2020-08-12T00:17:06-05:00October 13th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Pope Benedict XVI|

Hans Urs von Balthasar wanted to see the Church as missionary, and to reassert the beauty of the mystery at the heart of the Christian message. He sought to reinvigorate religious life and the role of the laity by reintegrating beauty and mysticism in theology. Born on 12 August 1905 in Lucerne, Switzerland, to an [...]

Hans Urs von Balthasar: A Noble Spirit

By |2016-12-29T10:44:59-06:00December 17th, 2016|Categories: Books, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Featured, Hans Urs von Balthasar|

Shortly before his death, Hans Urs von Balthasar addressed the question posed by many of those disconcerted by the large number of his books: Where must one start to understand him?… Tragedy Under Grace: Reinhold Schneider on the Experience of the West, by Hans Urs von Balthasar, (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1997) Hans Urs von [...]

Depicting the Whole Christ: Von Balthasar & Sacred Architecture

By |2019-10-16T13:41:45-05:00October 24th, 2016|Categories: Architecture, Beauty, Catholicism, Christianity, Communio, Culture, Featured, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Philip Nielsen, as he explores the thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar on sacred architecture. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher The theological work of twentieth-century theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar has only recently begun to take its proper place in Catholic theology. In [...]

Philosopher of Love: David Schindler

By |2016-10-09T23:41:27-05:00October 9th, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Communio, Culture, David L. Schindler, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Jeremy Beer as he explores the philosophy of David Schindler, especially as it concerns love and freedom. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher For the orthodox Christian, is doing one’s public duty more or less reducible to voting for the most socially conservative [...]

The Poverty of Liberal Economics

By |2019-07-16T20:43:51-05:00May 8th, 2016|Categories: Christianity, David L. Schindler, Economics, Essential, Free Markets, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Second Spring, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Adrian Walker as he explores the incompatibility of liberal economics and Christianity. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher The poor, Jesus famously said, will always be with us. Jesus’ followers have often been accused of misusing these words of their Master as an excuse [...]

We Are Not Our Own: Childhood in a Technological Age

By |2021-02-09T12:06:51-06:00April 12th, 2016|Categories: Abortion, Christianity, Communio, Culture, David L. Schindler, Family, Featured, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Pope Benedict XVI, St. John Paul II, Technology|

Childlikeness, as both the beginning and the end of our creaturely way of being, is the key to being effective and realistic in efforts to renew the world, and indeed is the grounds for never-failing hope in these efforts. Liberal culture’s anti-child practices are bound up with a logic of childlessness most basically defined in [...]

Uniting Faith and Culture: Hans Urs von Balthasar

By |2019-08-08T10:06:22-05:00March 28th, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Faith, Featured, Freedom, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Timeless Essays, Western Civilization|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join J. Peter Pham as he describes how Hans Urs von Balthasar spent his life and work uniting faith and culture. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher There are a number of reasons why it could be said, albeit from different perspectives, that the Swiss [...]

Eric Voegelin: A Primer

By |2016-02-01T22:38:45-06:00February 1st, 2016|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Eric Voegelin, Friedrich Nietzsche, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Hope|

On my religious position, I have been classified as a Protestant, a Catholic, an anti-semitic, and as a typical Jew; politically, as a Liberal, a Fascist, a National Socialist, and a Conservative; and on my theoretical position, as a Platonist, a Neo-Augustinian, a Thomist, a disciple of Hegel, an existentialist, a historical relativist, and an [...]

Opting Out of the Benedict Option?

By |2016-08-28T09:22:13-05:00September 20th, 2015|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Community, Faith, Featured, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Sainthood, Truth, Wyoming Catholic College|

Of course, the real term is “The Benedict Option,” and it does not refer to our retired Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, but rather to St. Benedict of Nursia, who in the collapse of the Roman Empire fathered a way of living that kept Christian civilization alive: the monastic order. Oddly enough, like Benedict XVI, it [...]

Hans Urs von Balthasar & the Dramatic Project of Theology

By |2020-08-11T16:46:12-05:00September 2nd, 2015|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Tragedy|

Hans Urs von Balthasar believed that tragedies that feature the death of the hero—the sacrificial crisis of the innocent victim—reflect the fullest dramatic meaning of the Passion of Christ: In these stories, good violence is needed in order to make the bad violence go away. Hans Urs von Balthasar, in Volume IV (The Action) of [...]

Trinity and Society: Economics & the Search for a “New Way”

By |2019-07-18T15:23:41-05:00October 13th, 2013|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Communio, Distributism, Economics, Featured, G.K. Chesterton, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Stratford Caldecott|

The theological dimension is needed both for interpreting and solving present-day problems in human society. – John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, 55 God Himself is a society. – G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, Ch. 8 First Principles How radical can we be? Dare we begin, as Chesterton once did, “with a little girl’s hair”? In What’s Wrong with the [...]

Hans Urs von Balthasar and Global Theatre

By |2016-02-12T15:28:20-06:00August 3rd, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Communio, Film, Hans Urs von Balthasar|Tags: |

Hans Urs von Balthasar You might think your own point of view is the best way to tell your life story. But what about other people? Don’t they have a perspective that also helps tell the full story? The Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar famously came up with an amazing analogy to think about [...]

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