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 means of displaying the harmony among Christian concept (theology) and Christian dwelling (spirituality). Then Balthasar turns to the specializations and divisions of theology, and indicates how the harmony of dogma governs and directs the specializations. subsequent, he examines "the dreadful multiplicity of church buildings and its pseudo-justfication during the alleged number of theologies" within the New Testament". ultimately, Balthasar has the reader concentrate on himself, hard him to contemplate the place "the built-in simplicity of his personal lifestyles may perhaps lie".
Balthasar argues opposed to an imprudent simplification of theology which seeks to come back to the “simplicity” of historic Christian idea by means of throwing away allegedly lifeless accretions. “It is thought,” says Balthasar within the Foreword, “that freeing cohesion is completed by means of ridding oneself of superfluous accrued goods.” One can't stay actual to theology, argues Balthasar, by means of throwing elements of the culture overboard in an try to discover a misplaced, longed-for theological team spirit. a previous adventure of the solidarity of theology is needed to make sound judgments approximately what's dead and what's worthy.
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