Printer Friendly

Saving Karl Barth: Hans Urs von Balthasar's Preoccupation.

In Saving Karl Barth: Hans Urs von Balthasar's Preoccupation (Minneapolis: Fortress, $49.00), Stephen Long presents the unlikely friendship between mid-twentieth-century theologians Karl Barth (Reformed) and Hans Urs von Balthasar (Roman Catholic) with the intent of reigniting current ecumenical dialogue between Protestants and Roman Catholics. Long shows that throughout his career von Balthasar took Barth's doctrine of God and the divine attributes with the utmost seriousness, largely because he saw Barth offering a portrait of God as beauty--the most important divine attribute for von Balthasar. Von Balthasar found that Barth's work on Anselm paralleled his own appreciation for the "analogy of being," which argues for the inter-relatedness of creatures based on their desire for the Creator. Highly technical, this book is most fitting for Barth or von Balthasar scholars.

Mark Mattes

COPYRIGHT 2015 Lutheran School of Theology and Mission
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2015 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Author:Mattes, Mark
Publication:Currents in Theology and Mission
Article Type:Book review
Date:Feb 1, 2015
Previous Article:How to Get Your Sermon Heard: Preaching to Win Minds and Hearts.
Next Article:Preaching and the Personal.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2022 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters |