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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic theological exploration of Easter, 18 April 2013
P. D. G. Hampshire "Yogi Bear" (Cornwall, England) - See all my reviews
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This is magnificent book and should be read by anyone serious about Theology. It does have some drawbacks if you don't read Latin and some of the Greek is transliterated but not translated. Similarly, I am left wondering about the translation in parts. Nevertheless, it should be on every Theology undergraduates and postgraduates reading list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Von Balthasar and the Theology of Easter, 5 Mar 2012
D. Cavanagh "David Cavanagh" (Florence, Italy) - See all my reviews
Mysterium Paschale is Von Balthasar's masterpeice, an extended reflection on the three days of Easter which places the Passion in the context of Jesus life and mission as a whole. Von Balthasar sees the passion as the culmination of a kenotic process in which the Son of God abases himself from the incarnation onwards. His treatment is especially notable for the attention it gives to Holy Saturday, often overlooked in accounts of the Passion. Von Balthasar argues that the traditional doctrine of the "harrowing of hell" is a misreading of the biblical materials and the early Christian tradition, recasting it in terms of the real and total death of the Son of God, and his full participation in the fate of the dead, which means that even those who are "separated" from God are never truly alone, because the light of divine grace has shone down into the depths of hell itself. It is not entirely clear if the divine presence in hell is redemptive, and those interested in this issue would do well to follow up Mysterium with a reading of Von Balthasar's "Dare We Hope all Men will be Saved?"
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