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The Trinitarian Christology of Hans Urs von Balthasar

The Trinitarian Christology of Hans Urs von Balthasar

In sum, the Father’s kenosis to the Son, and the kenosis of the Father and the Son to the Holy Spirit correspond to the very essence of God which can only be love.

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According to Balthasar, in God, there is a triple k enotic intra-trinitarian relationship. The first kenosis consists in the Father dispossessing himself of his divinity and giving it to the Son. This divine act brings about the procession of the Son as the second possibility of being in one divine nature. The second kenosis comes about from the fact that the Son can be consubstantial with the Father only in his own self-emptying. The response of the Son to this substantial possession of the divinity is an eternal eucharistia which is as disinterested as the original gift of the Father. Proceeding from the two as their sub sistent ‘We’ is the Spirit who can be God only in his sealing as ‘Person’ this identical self -emptying in the Father and the Son since he is the proclamation and effusion of the love of the Fa ther and the Son. This makes the third kenosis. In sum, the Father’s kenosis to the Son, a nd the kenosis of the Father and the Son to the Holy Spirit correspond to the very essence of G od which can only be love.

Table of content

CHAPTER ONE SCRIPTURAL AND PATRISTIC FOUNDATIONS FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE TRINITY

1.1 Old Testament Witness

1.2 New Testament Witness

1.3 Patristic Development of Trinitarian Theology

CHAPTER TWO PSYCHOLOGICAL ANALOGY IN THE TRINITARIAN THEOLOGIES OF AUGUSTINE AND AQUINAS

2.1 The Search for the image of the Trinity: Books XIII-XV

2.2 Psychological Analogy in Thomas Aquinas’ Trinitarian theology

2.2.1 The Image of the Trinity in the Human Person in Aquinas

2.3 A Critique of Psychological analogies of the Trinity

CHAPTER THREE THE CONTEXT OF TWENTIETH CENTURY TRINITARIAN THEOLOGY

3.1 Contextualizing Twentieth Century Trinitarian Theology

3.2 The Problem of Unintelligibility of the Trinitarian Doctrine

3.3. Getting out of the impasse

CHAPTER FOUR THE TRINITARIAN CHRISTOLOGY OF HANS URS VON BALTHASAR

4.1 Hans Urs von Balthasar: His Person, Thought, and Theological Style

4.2 Christocentric Trinity of Hans Urs von Balthasar

4.3 The Trinity and the Paschal Mystery: A Theology of the Three Days

CHAPTER FIVE THE CONTRIBUTION OF BALTHASAR’S TRINITARIAN CHRISTOLOGY TO CONTEMPORARY TRINITARIAN THEOLOGY

5.1 A New Trinitarian Ontology of love
5.2 A New Understanding of Divine Attributes
5.3 A New Trinitarian Theological Method
5.4 The Identity and Proper Roles of the Three Divine Persons
5.5 The Trinity as Mystery of Salvation
5.6 The Paschal Mystery as Revelatory of Trinitarian Relationality 5.7 The Relationship between the immanent and economic Trinity