Hans Urs von Balthasar: Rediscovering Holistic Christianity

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Hans Urs von Balthasar: Rediscovering Holistic Christianity

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“There will never be beings unloved by God, since God is absolute love.”
– Hans Urs von Balthasar

Explore the profound spirituality of Hans Urs von Balthasar. Born in Switzerland, Balthasar (1905–1988) was one of the most prolific and sophisticated Catholic thinkers of the twentieth century. As you will discover, Balthasar’s theology provides a powerful model for the Catholic Church in the modern world.

In Hans Urs von Balthasar: Rediscovering Holistic Christianity, you will join Balthasar expert Dr. Kevin Mongrain (Ph.D., Yale University) in exploring this great theologian. When first approaching Balthasar, his corpus of works can seem like a daunting, complex labyrinth. Under Dr. Mongrain’s guidance, however, you will discover enlightening threads throughout Balthasar’s powerful thought.

Deeply influenced by the Jesuits, Balthasar eventually left the Society of Jesus to become a secular priest, that is, wholly engaged in the world. As you will see in this course, he became a spokesperson of the contemplative-charismatic strand of the Catholic tradition. His vision of the Church promoted unity between its hierarchical, theological, and contemplative strands.

Under Dr. Mongrain’s guidance, you will explore Balthasar’s ideas about authentic prayer, mystical experience, and prophecy. You will also see how his ideas addressed the modern world. Balthasar wove together spirituality and metaphysics, and he sought a holistic Christianity, that is, one that wove together the visions of the saints throughout the ages.

Experience the power of Balthasar’s vision today.

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • Balthasar: An Introduction
  • Back to the Rough Ground: Balthasar’s Battle Against Christian Amnesia
  • Doxology in Nature and Doxology in Religion
  • Diagnosing the Root Causes of Our Collective Amnesia
  • Celebrating Christ’s Incarnation in Creation by Collaborating in It
  • Irenaeus as a Model of a Great Theological Symphonist
  • Unraveling the Tapestry of Classical Christian Doxology
  • Post-Christian Spirituality’s Failed Resistance to the Modern Prometheans
  • Resisting Gnostic Theories of Fall and Redemption
  • True and False Gnosis as Rival Spiritual Types
  • Retrieving Classical Doxology as Therapy for Christian Amnesia
  • Living Testimony to God’s Presence in Creation
About Your Presenter

An expert on Hans Urs von Balthasar, Dr. Kevin Mongrain earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University in 1999, and an M.A. in Theology from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota in 1992. His doctoral dissertation was on Balthasar, and he has published a monograph and several papers on Balthasar’s thought, including The Systematic Thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar: An Irenaean Retrieval. Dr. Mongrain is the Executive Director of the National Institute for Newman Studies in Pittsburgh and the Ryan Endowed Chair of Newman Studies at Duquesne University. He is an active member of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the American Academy of Religion. Before coming to Duquesne University, he taught at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and at the University of Notre Dame.

Praise for Kevin Mongrain

“Kevin Mongrain is a superb Balthasar scholar and, if possible, an even better teacher. He reads Balthasar from the inside, as it were as he thinks through Balthasar’s concern to unite high intellectual discourse with spirituality and concrete forms of Christian life.”
– Anthony C. Sciglitano, Jr., Associa...

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2017 Christmas Survey
Great overview of Von Balthasar's writings; gives you a deeper understanding of the good, the true, and the beautiful, and how they compliment each other. Review by Karl Millis, Auburn, NE USA (Posted on 12/14/2017)
Summer Survey: July 2017
Provides an updated model of theology Review by David McLaughlin Louisville, KY USA (Posted on 7/23/2017)
These CD's were outstanding
Balthasar's insights and perspective on theology are fantastic but complex. These CD's were outstanding in making him comprehensible to the non specialist in the field of theology. Review by E.N. (Posted on 9/4/2015)
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