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Articles About Hans Urs von Balthasar

Reading von Balthasar Together

Reading von Balthasar Together: An Interview with Adam Janke

A new online reading group provides readers from hither and beyond an opportunity to read, study, and discuss together online von Balthasar’s sixteen-volume “Trilogy.”

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Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Tarot

Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Tarot: A Review of Meditations on the Tarot by Anonymous (Valentin Tomberg)  by Stratford Caldecott

Was Swiss theologian Father Hans Urs von Balthasar—acclaimed by both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI—a closet New Ager who dabbled in the occult?

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Love Alone is Believable

Love Alone is Believable: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Apologetics by Fr. John R. Cihak

One of von Balthasar’s key insights into how God incites man with his divine love is to encourage the non-believer to ponder his encounters with beauty in the world, especially as found in human love.

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Balthasar and Anxiety

Balthasar and Anxiety: Methodological and Phenomenological Considerations by Fr. John R. Cihak

The following paper was presented at the International Convention on the Occasion of the Centenary of the Birth of Hans Urs von Balthasar, October 7, 2005, at Lateran University in Rome.

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Doctor, Convert, and Mystic

Doctor, Convert, and Mystic: The Life and Work of Adrienne von Speyr

Adrienne von Speyr (1902–1967) was a contemporary Swiss convert, mystic, wife, medical doctor, and author of over sixty books on spirituality and theology. She entered the Church under the direction of Father von Balthasar.

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Videos on Hans Urs von Balthasar

Hans Urs von Balthasar (Part 1 of 2)

Hans Urs von Balthasar (Part 2 of 2)


Is Hell Crowded or Empty?

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Excerpts From the Books of Hans Urs von Balthasar

Jesus Is Catholic

Jesus must be Catholic, otherwise his Church, which follows him and is promised his fullness, could not be called Catholic. Being Catholic means embracing everything, leaving nothing out.

From In The Fullness of Faith: On the Centrality of the Distinctively Catholic

Church Authority and the Petrine Element

Nothing is plainer, nothing is more evident, than that in the Catholic realm the authority exercised in the Church of the Word and Sacrament is both form and content.

From In The Fullness of Faith: On the Centrality of the Distinctively Catholic

The Cross—For Us

Without a doubt, at the center of the New Testament there stands the Cross, which receives its interpretation from the Resurrection.

From A Short Primer For Unsettled Laymen

A Theology of Anxiety

One would not miss the mark if one were to describe Kierkegaard’s lucid and equally profound study of the “concept of anxiety” as the first and last attempt to come to terms theologically with his subject.

From The Christian and Anxiety

“Conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary”

In the months before his sudden death, Father von Balthasar was writing a series of reflections on the twelve articles of the Apostles’ Creed. These texts, undoubtedly among the last things he wrote, take on the character of a legacy, a spiritual testament.

From Credo: Meditations on the Apostles’ Creed

Unity, Plurality, and the Papacy

“Our main aim,” wrote Father von Balthasar about this defense of the papacy, “is to argue theologically, and adhering as closely as possible to the gospel of Jesus Christ, that the role of the office of Peter—even as defined at Vatican I!—is both indispensable and, at the same time, relative.”

From the Introduction to The Office of Peter and the Structure of the Church