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Aidan Nichols Collection (7 vols.)

by Nichols, Aidan

T&T Clark, Burns and Oates 1999–2007

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Aidan Nichols Collection (7 vols.)
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Overview

This collection includes seven significant works by respected academic and prominent Catholic theologian Aidan Nichols. Over the course of his career, he has written about many important historical figures. This seven-volume collection highlights Nichols’ view on two who have been particularly important to Catholic theology—Joseph Ratzinger and Hans Urs von Balthasar. Nichols demonstrates an authoritative understanding of von Balthasar with commentaries on The Glory of the Lord, Theo-Drama, Theo-Logic, and several lesser-known works by the great Swiss thinker. This collection is rounded out with the succinct but thorough Shape of Catholic Theology, making it an excellent introduction to the works of Aidan Nichols and a valuable addition to any library.

The Logos version integrates seamlessly into your personal digital library and allows you to access dictionaries and other reference resources with a click. Read your preferred Scripture translation alongside these works for a more robust understanding of Catholicism and the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar.

Key Features

Individual Titles

The Thought of Pope Benedict XVI: An Introduction to the Theology of Joseph Ratzinger

  • Author: Aidan Nichols
  • Publisher: Burns and Oates
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 352

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Long before his election to the papacy as Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger was a professor of theology at the universities of Freising, Bonn, Münster, Tübingen, and Regensburg. He first achieved international notice through his contributions to the work of the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965). His appointment as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith gave him a different kind of prominence—as the principal doctrinal guardian of the Roman Curia. Is this change of role a volte-face in theological direction? Or is it, rather, the pursuit of the “extreme center” by changing means? What is the significance of Ratzinger’s thought and its development for the future of the church? This important and illuminating book gets to the very heart of these crucial questions by focusing on Ratzinger’s status as one of the preeminent Catholic theologians of the twentieth century.

Aidan Nichols provides a full-scale investigation of Ratzinger’s theology as it develops from the 1950s onward. The book presents a chronological account of the development of Ratzinger’s writing which reflects a wide range of historical and theoretical interests such as: Augustine’s ecclesiology, early Franciscanism, Christian brotherhood, the unfolding of the Second Vatican Council, the Apostle’s Creed, explorations of the concept of the Church, preaching, liturgy and Church music, eschatology, the foundations of dogmatic and moral theology, and the problem of pluralism. The Thought of Pope Benedict XVI is a comprehensive introduction to a major theologian in his own right, quite apart from his significance in the politics of the Church. For those attempting to chart the future of the Catholic faith as it struggles with the role of religion in war, women’s reproductive rights, inter-religious dialogue, homosexuality, the roles of bishops and theologians, and international human rights issues, Nichol’s work is indispensable as both a compass and an oracle.

This, the first study of its kind in English, is a meticulously researched, lucid account of Ratzinger’s thought.

Economist

A beautiful presentation of the theological achievement of Joseph Ratzinger . . . combines a confident grasp of the general trends of Ratzinger’s thinking with almost a poet’s feel for particularities of place and with a trained historian’s sense of the period.

Chesterton Review

Anyone who wants to understand where Ratzinger is coming from should read it carefully.

National Catholic Register

Shape of Catholic Theology: An Introduction to Its Sources, Principles, and History

  • Author: Aidan Nichols
  • Publisher: Burns and Oates
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 376

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This study is an introduction to Catholic theology designed for the theological student and for the enthusiastic general reader. After introducing the concept of theology and the virtues desirable in the budding theologian, the book is broken into five sections: the role of philosophy in theology; the use of the Bible in theology; the resources of tradition, liturgy, and sacred art; the Fathers, Councils, and Creeds; the sense of the faithful; and a short history of Catholic theology from the New Testament to the present day. The conclusion considers the features of pluralism and unity which should typify Catholic theology as a whole and suggests how unity may avoid becoming uniformity without pluralism becoming anarchy.

Divine Fruitfulness: A Guide through Balthasar’s Theology beyond the Trilogy

  • Author: Aidan Nichols
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 376

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As more and more of his works are translated, Hans Urs von Balthasar is emerging as a colossus of twentieth-century theology. But as of yet, he is mainly known only through his great multivolume trilogy made up of The Glory of the Lord, Theo-Drama, and Theo-Logic. Aidan Nichols discussed each part of the trilogy and von Balthasar’s early works in his widely acclaimed Introduction to Hans Urs von Balthasar. In Divine Fruitfulness, he explores this great theologian’s later works. Many are extremely important, although several remain untranslated and are almost unknown. Nichols examines journal articles, von Balthasar’s major works such as Apokalypse der deutschen Seele, and his final short works. The result is a wholly new perspective on von Balthasar, a contextualizing of his trilogy, and an illumination of his whole life and work.

Since any single chapter can easily stand on its own, Nichols’ book holds great potential for classroom use . . . the volume rounds out an unimposing entryway to a formidable theologian.

Horizons

Like its predecessors, this volume is well-researched, informative, and clearly written. While Nichols is deeply admirous of his theological hero—and one who is not so may find more objectionable aspects in Balthasar’s theology than he—his book does present abundant bibliographical resources, both primary and secondary, for readers to judge for themselves the worth of Balthasar’s theological legacy. . . . There is no doubt that Nichols has established himself as the foremost expert on the Swiss theologian’s massive oeuvre. For this and all his numerous other studies on various church figures and theological themes, he surely deserves the red hat like the theologian to whom he has devoted his multivolume study.

Catholic Books Review

Scattering the Seed: A Guide through Balthasar’s Early Writings on Philosophy and the Arts

  • Author: Aidan Nichols
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 280

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The theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar has its origins in his early investigations of philosophy and the arts. Scattering the Seed fully describes such works for the first time. This book enables English-speaking readers to come to terms with Balthasar’s relation to European—especially German—philosophy and literature. It offers readers a comprehensive overview of the huge and complex output crucial to his later work.

This is a masterly work that will be read by all Balthasar scholars, but also by scholars interested in the intersection of theology and literature. Nichols’s book is so good, it makes unnecessary another book on this topic!

—Cyril O’Regan, Huisking Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Word Has Been Abroad: A Guide through Balthasar’s Aesthetics

  • Author: Aidan Nichols
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 268

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The publication of Hans Urs von Balthasar’s seven-volume The Glory of the Lord established von Balthasar as one of the greatest and most influential Catholic theologians of the twentieth-century. In its very extent and range, Glory’s rich theological aesthetics are understandably difficult to assimilate. Aidan Nichols, one of Britain's most accomplished and lucid theological writers, succeeds in summarizing and illuminating the essential theological content of Balthasar’s monumental work against the background of the living Christian tradition to which it bears such impressive witness. His book provides the key to an understanding of one of the most difficult but important writers of our time.

No Bloodless Myth: A Guide through Balthasar’s Dramatics

  • Author: Aidan Nichols
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 260

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In this volume, Aidan Nichols summarizes and illuminates the five-volume series Theo-Drama, which develops the heart of Balthasar’s theological theory—his exploration of the good and of the dramatic interplay of finite and infinite freedom. Theo-Drama builds upon the earlier achievement of The Glory of the Lord and transcends it, opening up new horizons for theological and cultural reflection in the twenty-first century. Aidan Nichols’ succinct commentary enables the reader to grasp the main themes of one of the most important theological works in several generations.

Say It Is Pentecost: A Guide through Balthasar’s Logic

  • Author: Aidan Nichols
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 220

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This study completes Aidan Nichols’ analysis of the great theological trilogy of Hans Urs von Balthasar. His interpretative summary of Balthasar’s logic considers the way in which the early volume The Truth of the World points forward to the theological aesthetics and dramatics and also how Theo-Logic’s concluding volumes pick up the themes of the The Glory of the Lord and Theo-Drama. The author looks particularly at how von Balthasar relates revelation of divine beauty and divine goodness to the unfolding of divine truth.

Product Details

  • Title: Aidan Nichols Collection
  • Author: Aidan Nichols
  • Publishers: Burns and Oates and T&T Clark
  • Volumes: 7
  • Pages: 2,132

About Aidan Nichols

Aidan Nichols is the prior of Blackfriars in Cambridge, England, and a leading Roman Catholic writer and theologian. His other books include A Grammar of Consent, Looking at the Liturgy, Discovering Aquinas, The Panther and the Hind, and Christendom Awake: On Reenergizing the Church in Culture.