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The Balthasar Blog Conference Continues

If any of you have not yet been over to the Fire and the Rose to check out the ongoing Hans Urs von Balthasar conference, you should definitely take a look.  There have been some great posts and responses so far, including the most recent piece by Francesca Murphy on Balthasar’s reading of Exodus 3 and the ontological implications of the divine name.  This excellent post looks not just at Balthasar, but also at Ratzinger and Gilson’s reading of this theologically loaded text from the Old Testament. 

Also Daniel McClain’s post on Balthasar’s creational aesthetics is especially interesting, arguing that Balthasar’s theological aesthetics are primarily grounded in his theology of creation, nature and grace which provides the framework for his christological orientation. 

There is still a lot more to come, so stay tuned to this excellent blogging event which, so far has been a wonderful demonstration of the potential for academically rigorous use of the blogging medium for theological study.


  1. Ben wrote:

    All this Balthasar flying about has me thinking about the man’s life. Do you know of a good biography of him? I don’t mean a philosophical/theological biography, I mean a personal portrait: Was he a nerd in school? Was he on the soccer team? Did he like dogs or cats? How much did he pray? What were his liturgies like? Was he shy? Funny? Solitary? What was his life like during the war? What was the deal with von Speyr? When he wrote, did he wake up very early and just go at it all day? I mean, how did he find time to read and write all that he did?

    I think that a biography like that would help people understand where he was coming from.

    Sunday, March 23, 2008 at 9:08 pm | Permalink
  2. Halden wrote:

    I’ve actually come across little on Balthasar’s life myself. There is a biographical sketch in Hans Urs von Balthasar: Hil Life and Work, edited by David Schindler. But, that may be more of an intellectual biography than what you’re looking for. Aidan Nichols would certainly know who might have done some work on that if you want to try to look him up.

    Monday, March 24, 2008 at 10:04 am | Permalink

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