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The Glory of the Lord: A Theological Aesthetics, Vol. 7: Theology: The New Covenant Hardcover – June 1, 1990

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“One encounters Balthasar’s prodigious learning...In theological terms, this volume is the heart of his massive Glory of the Lord.” --Heythrop Journal 43.1 (January 2002)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Series: Glory of the Lord (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 571 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (June 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898702496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898702491
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By David Zampino VINE VOICE on July 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The late Fr. Hans Urs von Balthasar was, without a doubt, one of the most important Catholic systematic theologians of the 20th century. This is the first book (of seven) of the first part of his "trilogy" which outlines and describes his systematic theology. As an introduction to his systematics, it is an essential read. To those not familiar with von Balthasar, it's a wonderful place to start.
Unsatisfied with Rahner's "transcendental Thomism" and his method of "doing theology from below", von Balthasar begins with the revelation of God. The entire systematic theology is structured around the ancient philosophical transcendentals "Beauty, Truth, and Goodness". In this first volume (and throughout the first part of the trilogy) von Balthasar discusses the Revelation of God to humanity through form and beauty.
Truly a remarkable book, and a good introduction to a remarkable man.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Ney V. Carvalho on July 7, 2005
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Hans Urs von Balthasar was one of the most preeminent XXth century catholic theologians, and this is, in my opinion, his most important work - by this I mean the whole trilogy (Glory, Theodrammatica, Theologica). This first volume of Glory, Seeing the Form (Schau der Gestalt) seems to be really fundamental for a serious understanding of the guidelines of his thought.

At the fantastic Introduction, after a superb hymn to the Beauty, he presents us with an accurate analysis of the elimination of this universal (Beauty) from both Catholic and Protestant theology, besides a review on the possibilities of a Protestant Aesthetics. He tries, then, to make it clear the difference between an Aesthetic Theology from a Theological Aesthetics. The task and structure of the latter is then explored.

There's no way to go on in such detailness through the whole book, because there are too many points to look at, and this is not the place to do it. But it's worth to say that the main objective of the author, as he goes on working on the 'subjective evidence' through the 'light' and 'experience' of faith (the second part of the book), and at the third part, the 'objective evidence', the main objective, as I was saying, is to precise a 'form', to state the main difference of Christianity from all other world religions, which is exactly the visible and historical form of the God made flesh. After 'seeing' the form of revelation which came from the Old Covenant, we have in Christ the centre of its form, that is, the centre of God's revelation form.

I strongly recommend this book to everyone who is seriously wanting to deep his theological studies, or to anyone who wants to learn more about the actual situation of the Church, and Christianity as a whole.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael on December 30, 2012
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I discovered Von Balthasar several years ago in my Christian journey. His writings are like music to me, filling my heart with love for God and his word. Reading him has always led me to worship God, sometimes falling on my knees in wonder and adoration. It seems to me that that is what theology should give us.
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