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“It would be difficult to match the range and quality of commentators on this historic exchange between a Catholic philosopher and a renowned Reformed theologian on a subject of enduring significance, given the centrality of analogy to any issue in philosophical theology. Moreover, the contributions exhibit how the issues have come to span ecclesial boundaries as their import has progressively evolved. A splendid collection!”
— David Burrell, C.S.C.
Uganda Martyrs University

“A profound testimony to the enduring significance of the analogia entis debate between Erich Przywara and Karl Barth.”
— Hans Boersma
Regent College

“In a fresh ecumenical context, this extraordinary volume rekindles the mid-twentieth-century encounter between ressourcement thinkers and metaphysical theology. The voices of Przywara, Barth, Balthasar, and others speak anew through leading theologians of our own day in these masterfully orchestrated essays.”
— Matthew Levering
University of Dayton

About the Author

Thomas Joseph White, O.P., teaches theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. He is also the author of Wisdom in the Face of Modernity: A Study in Thomistic Natural Theology and coeditor of Divine Impassibility and the Mystery of Human Suffering.

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (December 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080286533X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802865335
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By ecclesial hypostasis on August 23, 2011
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One of the clearest memories I have of my first foray into Barth's Church Dogmatics is his statement that his work is largely directed towards discrediting the analogy of being. I was not aware of the immediate context of his concerns. However, it turns out that this argument has a rich background in Barth's interaction with the Catholic theologian Erich Przywara, and has served as a point of contest between Roman Catholic and Reformed thinkers for many years. The perception has been that this issue uncovers the fundamental difference between these two traditions and their point of discontinuity. Is there any way of speaking of an analogical relationship between God and creation apart from the incarnation of Christ?

This is a rich volume of essays from Catholic and Protestant scholars addressing many facets of the issue. In many ways it is a recapitulation of the debate as it covers the historical context, theological foundations of either position, then proposals for rapprochement and the contemporary significance of the discussion on analogy.

It is very hard to review this book without reviewing each article. In general, however, the contributors provide a model of engaging theological writing and I found it to be tremendously illuminating on both the general theological issues and the development of the historical discussion. There is a weighting towards Catholic perspectives, largely I think because the Catholic position is the positive one in this instance and the Reformed are in a reactive stance. In general I enjoyed the earlier articles more than the later ones, as the detailed discussions of Thomistic metaphysics had a more robust flavour than the more tentative 'reflections' on where we might go from here.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vir desideriorum on August 28, 2014
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If you're an English reader looking to get up-to-speed on the status questionis of analogy in the Catholic tradition, I can't think of a better book. There is, of course, more primary literature on the question (Lyttkens, McInerny, Montagnes) but this compilation of essays is a most-contemporary engagement and not a general treatment. The argumentation is sophisticated and dense throughout, with a variety of confessional and metaphysical perspectives represented (it's a truly ecumenical volume for a truly ecumenical question), and each article demands a solid fundamental knowledge of the subject matter of theological metaphysics--but then if one didn't possess this already, one wouldn't be looking to get up-to-speed on the question. So, no simplified undergrad introductions here but rather a sine qua non for students of classical metaphysical theology, filled with top-notch scholarship, mature judgements, and any number of exciting syntheses and forward-thinking sketches to open the door for the future.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Friendly Skies on December 27, 2014
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