Truth & Freedom in the Theology of Benedict XVI and Balthasar

JPI 960

This course aims to familiarize students with the theological anthropology of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI and Hans Urs von Balthasar. In dialogue with the modern concept of freedom, both authors seek to develop a renewed understanding of freedom's "essential and constitutive relationship to truth" (Veritatis splendor, 4). The key to this development is an ontological and ultimately trinitarian conception of the personal or dramatic meaning of truth. Readings include: J. Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, Introduction to Christianity; Truth and Tolerance; Without Roots; Deus caritas est; Spe salvi; H.U. von Balthasar, Theo-Logic, I-III; Theo-Drama, II; Epilogue; “On the Tasks of Catholic Philosophy in Our Time."

Course Texts for Fall 2015

  • Hans Urs von Balthasar, Epilogue.
  • _____. My Work: In Retrospect.
  • _____. Theo-Drama II.
  • _____. Theo-Logic I.
  • _____. Theo-Logic II.
  • Joseph Ratzinger, Behold the Pierced One: An Approach to a Spiritual Christology.
  • _____. 'In the Beginning . . .' A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall.
  • _____. Introduction to Christianity.
  • _____. Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977.
  • _____. Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions.

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