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Ausgabe:

Juni/2016

Spalte:

654-656

Kategorie:

Dogmen- und Theologiegeschichte

Autor/Hrsg.:

Peterson, Paul Silas

Titel/Untertitel:

The Early Hans Urs von Balthasar. Historical Contexts and Intellectual Formation.

Verlag:

Berlin u. a.: De Gruyter 2015. XVIII, 379 S. = Theologische Bibliothek Töpelmann, 170. Geb. EUR 99,95. ISBN 978-3-11-037430-8.

Rezensent:

George Pattison

Paul Silas Peterson’s study opens by citing Fergus Kerr’s fairly uncontroversial comment that von Balthasar »is by far the most discussed Catholic theologian at present« (1). However, the controversial nature of this study is soon flagged up in the statement that von Balthasar’s early theological development »was partly embedded in the intellectual context of early 20th century fascism« and that »While some of the subject matter of his theology transcends this context, Balthasar’s early work cannot be fully understood without this background« (2). As the accompanying footnote makes clear, the kind of elements that are relevant here include »the Germanic motif, the authoritarian social and political aspects, the re-birth of the German soul from the constraints of liberalism, ...


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