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Explorations in Theology, vol. 1: The Word Made Flesh
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Explorations in Theology, vol. 1: The Word Made Flesh


Ignatius 1989

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The first of four volumes of Balthasar’s many essays and conferences. Each focuses on a specific aspect of theology or spirituality and presents it with all the richness which comes from his immense erudition, but in a style that is directed and intelligible since few of these essays were intended for scholarly audiences.

Having this volume in Logos gives you unprecedented ways to study the theology of Balthasar. With just a click, you can perform powerful word studies, explore cross-references and footnotes, open theological dictionaries, encyclopedias, lectionaries, the Church Fathers, and much more.

Key Features

  • Unveils a thorough synopsis of Balthasar’s theological thought
  • Links every cross-reference to the Church Fathers and to other works of Balthasar
  • Presents practical and invigorating theological ideas


  • Word and Revelation
    • The Word, Scripture and Tradition
    • The Word and History
    • The Implications of the Word
    • God Speaks As Man
    • Revelation and the Beautiful
    • The Word and Silence
  • Word and Redemption
    • The Place of Theology
    • Characteristics of Christianity
    • Theology and Sanctity
    • Spirituality
    • Action and Contemplation
    • Christian Universalism
    • Some Points of Eschatology

Praise for the Print Edition

Hans Urs von Balthasar was a theologian who placed his research at the service of the Church, because he was convinced that theology could be defined only in terms of ecclesiality. Theology, as he conceived of it, must be joined with spirituality; indeed, only in this way could it be profound and effective. . . . These are words that prompt us to reconsider the true position of research in theology. The demand for scientific method is not explorations theology sacrificed when theological research is carried on in a religious spirit of listening to the Word of God, when it is alive with the life of the Church and shares in the strength of her Magisterium. Spirituality does not attenuate the work of scholarship, but rather supplies theological study with the correct method so that it can arrive at a coherent interpretation.

Pope Benedict XVI

Product Details

  • Title: Explorations in Theology, vol. 1: The Word Made Flesh
  • Author: Hans Urs von Balthasar
  • Translator: A.V. Littledale and Alexander Dru
  • Series: Explorations in Theology
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication Date: 1989
  • Pages: 277
  • Christian Group: Catholic
  • Resource Type: Systematic Theology
  • Topic: Systematic Theology

About Hans Urs von Balthasar

Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905–1988) was a Swiss theologian, considered to be one of the most important Catholic intellectuals and writers of the twentieth century. He studied in Vienna, Berlin, and Zurich, and completed his doctorate in German literature in 1928. Incredibly prolific and diverse, he wrote over one hundred books and hundreds of articles. Although the Balthasar’s studies are diverse and scattered, his theology and philosophies are stirring, practical, and profound. He was drawn towards the spiritual and mystical theology of the Church Fathers, deferring to Scripture and patristic writers to answer modernist and neo-scholastic questions. During his life, he was both a diocesan priest and a Jesuit instructor. He was nominated to be a cardinal of the Catholic Church by Pope John Paul II himself, but Balthasar died two days before his ceremony.

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