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Peterson, Paul Silas

The Early Hans Urs von Balthasar

Historical Contexts and Intellectual Formation

Series:Theologische Bibliothek Töpelmann 170

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    February 2015
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    Aims and Scope

    although Hans Urs von Balthasar’s earliest publication is from 1925, and although he was a mature forty years old in 1945, there is a deficiency in the secondary literature regarding his early literature, its historical backgrounds and non-theological sources. In this study Balthasar is presented in relation to the various contexts in which he was both drawing upon and responding to from the 1920s to the 1940s. The major contexts analyzed here are the broad central European Germanophone cultural context, the Germanophone Catholic cultural context, the German studies context, the French Catholic renewal literature and theology of the early 20th-century, the popular journal Stimmen der Zeit, Neo-Scholasticism, early 20th-century French Catholic culture, Swiss fascism, National Socialist literature, the Renouveau Catholique, the George-Kreis and many others. Balthasar’s early anti-Semitism and some of the problematic aspects of his early work are also addressed in this study. His understanding of the modern age, his relationships with some key intellectual figures and his later reflections on his early work are also introduced. The book offers a comprehensive study of Balthasar’s early intellectual development.


    Approx. 468 pages
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    Hans Urs von Balthasar; European Catholicism; German language theology

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    Paul Silas Peterson, University of Tübingen, Germany.


    „Indem Paul Silas Peterson die Balthasar-Forschung für bestimmte Fragestellungen sensibilisiert hat, wird sein Werk den wissenschaftlichen Disput mit Sicherheit bereichern."
    M. Lochbrunner in: Theologie und Philososphie 2/2016

    "This is a well-documented and fascinating picture of the complicated and murky scene on which Balthasar began to find himself as a Catholic commentator."
    Fergus Kerr in: The Tablet. The International Catholic News Weekly, 15. August 2015

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