Theo-Drama: Theological Dramatic Theory, Vol. I: Prolegomena
by Hans Urs Von Balthasar Balthasar
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Publisher: Ignatius Press
Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905-1988) stands as a sort of mountain in the landscape of twentieth-century theology. A Jesuit scholar in the fields of literature, patristics, systematic theology, and spirituality; an apologist, musician, publisher, editor and translator of the highest rank, his copious works fill more than 50, 000 pages. A word to describe him is vast. Pascal said that pious scholars are rare-indeed-but here is one, paralleled in his immensity and piety only by Barth. A brief glance at a list of his works leaves no doubt of his erudition, and he applies every ounce of his expertise and piety in each of his writings. Commentator Edward Oakes has said that trying to grasp the figure and mind of Balthasar is like trying to fit the Mediterranean Sea into a child's pail. We heartily agree. Yet for all his learning, von Balthasar writes with an inspiring lucidity and impelling humility. Oakes again: Perhaps the most salient feature of Balthasar's writings is their thorough saturation in literature...a remarkable style of writing.