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Michael Gaskin | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Jan 19 2012 9:29 AM

Folks, almost there... Please send it over the top!!

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 19 2012 9:49 AM

Logos product page => Hans Urs von Balthasar Collection (16 vols.)

Hans Urs von Balthasar was considered to be one of the most important Catholic writers and theologians of the twentieth century. His works include over one hundred books and articles. He was devoted to addressing spiritual and practical issues of his time and resisted reductionism and the human focus of modernity, wanting Christians to challenge modern and philosophical assumptions.

Balthasar is most famously known for his sixteen-volume systematic theology which is divided into three parts: The Glory of the LordTheo-Drama, and Theo-LogicThe Glory of the Lord, the seven-volume work on theological aesthetics, introduces theology based on the contemplation of the good, beautiful, and true. The second part of the trilogy, the five-volume Theo-Drama, focuses on theodramatics, the actions of God and our human response. Balthasar particularly focuses on the events of Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. His soteriology, Christology, and eschatology are also developed in this series. The trilogy is finally completed with the four-volume Theo-Logic. Here, Balthasar describes the relation of the nature of Jesus Christ (Christology) to reality itself (ontology). The Hans Urs von Balthasar Collection (16 vols.) is sure to bring you insight, whether you’re wanting to discover new theological ideas or are seeking a deeper understanding of Christology, eschatology, Mariology, soteriology, and ontology.

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fgh | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 19 2012 10:52 PM

There was also a blog on Balthasar and Ratzinger a day or two ago: 

Love Alone is Credible: Communio Theology on Pre-Pub

Two of the most important theologians of the 20th century now have collections on Pre-Pub! Joseph Ratzinger (now pope Benedict XVI) and Hans Urs von Balthasar were founding members of the Communio school of theology, which has become dominant in the Catholic Church and has had major influence on Protestant thought. Indeed, the great Swiss Reformed thinker Karl Barth once said of his life-long friend von Balthasar that no one understood his thought better.

The Communio School of Theology

Like the Protestant neo-orthodox theologians, the Communio school denies the validity of “natural” theology, emphasizing that all creation, and most significantly all of human experience, finds meaning and truth only in the person of Jesus Christ. There is no neutral ground, no realm where reason functions “unencumbered” by revelation: grace abounds. What this means is that reason and revelation, nature and grace, are not sealed off from each other, but find fundamental unity within the Trinitarian God and within mankind, made in his image. This reality finds perfect expression in the Incarnation. Man’s encounter with Christ is the content of the Communioapproach to theology, which von Balthasar described as “essentially an act of adoration and prayer.”

Within Ratzinger’s Christocentric thought, the Incarnation is the only source for what is true about God and about man: love is the ultimate reality of the cosmos. Von Balthasar is perhaps best known for his aesthetics, for his contention that beauty reveals God and that beauty itself is defined by the Incarnation: Christ is beauty and what is beautiful is Christological. Both thinkers work within the paradigm of “ressourcement”—a return to the sources of the faith: Scripture and the Church Fathers. In doing so, they opened up new (or old) avenues for Christian theology.

Communio Opens Doors to Ecumenical Dialog

Both von Balthasar and Ratzinger encountered stiff resistance within the Catholic hierarchy and the academy, sometimes even being accused of heresy. But their theology was so powerful and subtle that it slowly won adherents and had a direct effect on the theology expressed at Vatican II. Through the pontificates of John Paul II and Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) the Communioapproach has become dominant in the Church. What’s more, the emphasis on “ressourcement” has opened new opportunities for ecumenical dialog. Indeed, Joseph Ratzinger himself suggested that the Augsburg Confession might be accepted by the Catholic Church, and the Communio approach has underwritten the fruitful Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue of recent decades.

Communio theologians have re-shaped Catholic thought and have built bridges—between modern Christianity and the ancient Church and between contemporary denominations. Add this powerful and profound perspective to your Logos library. The Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI Collection ships tomorrow, so place your pre-order now. The Hans Urs von Balthasar Collection is almost through Pre-Pub and will ship soon, so keep an eye out for this too.

http://blog.logos.com/2012/01/love-alone-is-credible-communio-theology-on-pre-pub/

(Ratzinger has been delayed until Monday, so there's still time to order.)

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 19 2012 11:02 PM

I've been in since the beginning. His Prayer is one of the books that was highly recommended by Eugene Peterson. I did find it quite dense and difficult to read, but I still see its value as a classic. And I've been wanting to read (or at least have to refer to) his 7-volume work on theological aesthetics, The Glory of the Lord, since it keeps getting recommended by all kinds of people in the "faith and the arts" circles I intersect with.

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Michael Gaskin | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 21 2012 3:24 PM

I saw the delay on B16...bummed because I wanted to read some material while on vacation (relaxing or trying to relax with two kids!)......also, need for my grad work course, Theology of the Church.

- Michael

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