Love Alone Is Credible

Love Alone Is CredibleIn Hans Urs Von Balthasar S Masterwork, The Glory Of The Lord, The Great Theologian Used The Term Theological Aesthetic To Describe What He Believed To Be The Most Accurate Method Of Interpreting The Concept Of Divine Love, As Opposed To Approaches Founded On Historical Or Scientific Grounds In This Newly Translated Book, Von Balthasar Delves Deeper Into This Exploration Of What Love Means, What Comprises The Divine Love Of God, And How We Must Become Lovers Of God In The Footsteps Of Saints Like Francis De Sales, John Of The Cross And Therese Of Lisieux Love Alone Is Credible Brings A Fresh Perspective On An Oftexplored Subject This Scholarly Work Is A Deeply Insightful And Profound Theological Meditation That Serves To Both Deepen And Inform The Faith Of The Believer. Nevertheless, through revelation we come to realize that our restless heart understands itself only if it has already seen the love offered to it by the divine heart that breaks for us upon the Cross Love does not come to man fr
Von Balthasar is not a light read He requires so much concentration because his learning is so great and his language so full and the visions he provides of God so transcendent and so intimate at the same time that nothing can be rushed I do fear I have rushed through this book It begs to be reread, even as I look at it now to comment on it He begins asking What is specifically Christian about Christianity The answers provided historically, first cosmological and then, after the Enlightenment, the anthropological, are limited For neither the world as a whole nor man in particular can provide the measure for what God wishes to say to man in Christ God s Word is unconditionally theo logical, or, better, theo pragmatic what God wishes to say to man is a deed on his behalf, a deed that interprets itself before man and for his sake and only therefore to him and in him What we intend to say about this deed in this book is that it is only credible as love specifically, as God s own love, the manifestation of which is the glory of God And so follows a brief reflection on God s love and how that love works out in us, his church It is only when we look the Crucified One in the eye that
For neither the world as a whole nor man in particular can provide the measure for what God wishes to say to man in Christ God s Word is unconditionally theo logical, or, better, theo pragmatic what God wishes to say to man is a deed on his behalf, a deed that interprets itself before man and for his sake and only therefore to him and in him What we intend to say about this deed in this book is that it is only credible as love specifically, as God s own love, the manifestation of which is the glory of God This is a quote from this amazing work This book needs to be read slowly and then read again What a powerful thought that the manifestation of God s glory is seen in His love.It is only in gazing into the eyes of the crucified One that we see what true love really is and how selfish what we usually call love is.This is a book refl
The only reason I bought this book was the title In those days I didn t make full use of inter library loan borrowing as I should have The book is useless A complete waste of money That is why you should check out any book first from the library and later decide if you really want to buy the book The book is a theological mumbo jumbo, and since I was a
Excellent Love alone is credible nothing else can be believed, and nothing else ought to be believed p 101 Really a very beautiful book, in content and in simple style What is Christian about Christianity What is the logos of Christianity In this book Balthazar embarks on an effort to answer these questions, discovering his answer far away from the moralities and psychologies of modern theol
It took almost three years to read this little book Sometimes it was line by line often word by word, over and over Cardinal von Balthasar writes densely He had read everything, thought about everything, written about everything This small volume is his synthesis It stuns It humbles It leads you down unimagined paths One can never think the same way about God and the world after this So many page corners are folded o
I lack the philosophy background to truly appreciate this book I d like to try again in a few years. I originally heard of Hans Urs von Balthasar in a book about J.R.R Tolkien The author of that book used multiple quotes from Balthasar, all relating to the subject of beauty All of the quotes were brilliant, and I became intrigued enough to purchase this little book It took me a long time to read, considering how small it is, but I really should have spent even longer It is extremely dense, and I often had to re read sections, or even entire chapters Even now, I still don t fully understand everything that I read.However, what I did understand was wonderful The book takes a lot of time to explain the deficiencies in some of the ways that people define love, and ultimately leaves the reader with a definition that begs to be contemplated and pondered over.That being said, this is a book that needs to be read painfully slow I really wanted to l
I gave this 4 stars because I m not actually sure what Balthasar argued Many places along the way, I outlined paragraphs that were outstanding However, it was hard for me to follow him from cover to cover Much so than his little Theology of History Perhaps if o were smarter I could follow him
This book is a sort of distillation of Von Balthasar s master work on divine aesthetics, particularly his first volume, Theo Logic For those of us who are not able to devote the time to digest such a large set of works, this book is a wonderful substitute However, I still had to read it twice to feel I had even the slightest ability to express verbally what I d taken in This book is a hearty meal take it in slowly and savor it you ll be back for seconds.I m not equipped to adequately give a brief summation, but I ll try From the first page, Von Balthasar sets out to answer the question What is specifically Christian about Christianity and I believe he does so with an artist s touch and a stunning display of erudition.The title of the book is the answer to the above question and the ending point of his argument Simply, God is LOVE He is than the definition of the word for He transcends definition His Person, this Love that is both Word and Deed, appears to us as Wholly Other and calls Himself Love We begin to understand what this word, one we use often to describe a variety of feelings and actions, finally means in its wholeness through an interaction with this Absolute, inexhaustible, utterly gratuitous Love that is always already interpreting revealing itself to us The Father, in the gr