Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Rigid Readings: A Field Report from the Battleground of Balthasarian Scholarship
by Koen, Thomas Alexander, M.A., Villanova University, 2017, 64; 10276193
Abstract (Summary)

Hans Urs von Balthasar was one of the most prominent Roman Catholic theologians of the twentieth century and has inspired a thriving ecosystem of secondary scholarship, with impassioned critics and determined defenders churning out a steady stream of scholarship as expansive as Balthasar’s own massive body of work. This wealth of secondary scholarship is not, however, without a penumbral character. Due to the controversies that have—not without reason—plagued Balthasarian studies, it is often more akin to a war-strewn battleground than a lively and productive dialogue in various areas. By engaging with the work of Gilles Emery and Thomas Joseph White, this thesis explores the ways in which overly rigid interpretations—due to what I call readerly rigidity—can impede an attempt to productively read and present (and critique) Balthasar’s theology. The goal herein is not to counter their critiques, but rather to challenge how those critiques are made.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Murdoch, Jessica M.
Commitee: Hughes, Kevin L.
School: Villanova University
Department: Theology and Religious Studies
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Theology, Philosophy
Keywords: Catholic theology, Christology, Descent into hell, Hermeneutics of charity, Thomism, von Balthasar, Hans Urs
Publication Number: 10276193
ISBN: 978-1-369-78392-6
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