Articles About Hans Urs von Balthasar
Reading von Balthasar Together
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.”
Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Tarot
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?
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.
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.
Doctor, Convert, and Mystic
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.
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?
(These videos originally appeared at WordOnFire.org. Used with permission.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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