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Pattern of Redemption: The Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0826410115
ISBN-10: 0826410111
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"...Edward T. Oakes provides a highly readable introduction to Balthasar's thought.... A truly beautiful form, he maintains, has two characteristics: it attracts, and it is inexhaustible."- Robert E. Proctor, Commonweal, December 1, 2006

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When set against the wider background of twentieth-century theology, the figures of Hans Urs von Balthasar comes across as rather isolated, even lonely. This largely, though not entirely, due to the accidents of his biography: borne in Lucerne, Switzerland, on 12 August 1905 of an upper-middle class family of noble stock, he quickly became known for his precocious talents in music and literature.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 2 edition (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826410111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826410115
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,732,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Derek Law on June 23, 2001
It is simply the best introduction to Balthasar's thoughts. I didn't understand what is really going on with the 'Analogy of Being' business in medieval theology until I find this book. (Not that I understand it well right now, but at least I finally find a systematic introduction that makes sense to a contemporary reader.)
The writing, while sometimes dense, has the rare clarity that makes you feel like you learn and understand something more after reading every paragraph. It is a very refreshing book in this way.
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This eminently readable book provides an excellent introduction to the thought of this most difficult figure, making him accessible in a way that many other books on Balthasar have not. Moreover, it does not fall into the trap of "hagiography", that is, of being excessively admiring and blindly uncritical, which has typified so much of what has been written on Balthasar.
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By A Customer on October 26, 1998
yes, very good indeed. One of the clearest explanations of the doctrine of analogy. Lifts Balthasar from sterile debates between 'conservatives' and 'liberals'.
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