Beginning with Hans Urs von Balthasar

Todd Walatka, over at Memoria Dei, has a very helpful post on where to begin to figure out Hans Urs von Balthasar. It can be intimidating, seeing as he wrote some 85 books and over 500 articles. My favourite suggestion is Walatka’s first:  “Theology and Sanctity,” from Explorations in Theology I. A stunning essay with one of my favourite opening lines:

In the whole history of Catholic theology there is hardly anything that is less noticed, yet more deserving of notice, than the fact that, since the great period of Scholasticism, there have been few theologians who were saints. (181)


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