By Hans Urs von Balthasar
In an age of theological fragmentation, Hans Urs von Balthasar urges a reintegration of theology. The expanding specialization and compartmentalization to which theology has been subjected ends up in confusion and disunity.
Convergences: To the resource of Christian Mystery starts by way of exhibiting the cohesion among Christian inspiration (theology) and Christian residing (spirituality). Then Balthasar turns to the specializations and divisions of theology, and indicates how the cohesion of dogma governs and directs the specializations. subsequent, he examines "the dreadful multiplicity of church buildings and its pseudo-justfication in the course of the alleged number of theologies" within the New Testament". eventually, Balthasar has the reader specialise in himself, tough him to think about the place "the built-in simplicity of his personal life may perhaps lie".
Balthasar argues opposed to an imprudent simplification of theology which seeks to come back to the “simplicity” of historic Christian proposal by way of throwing away allegedly lifeless accretions. “It is thought,” says Balthasar within the Foreword, “that releasing cohesion is accomplished through ridding oneself of superfluous collected goods.” One can't stay actual to theology, argues Balthasar, through throwing components of the culture overboard in an try to discover a misplaced, longed-for theological solidarity. a previous adventure of the harmony of theology is needed to make sound judgments approximately what's lifeless and what's beneficial.
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