Life Out of Death: Meditations on the Paschal Mystery  -     By: Hans Urs Von Balthasar
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Life Out of Death: Meditations on the Paschal Mystery

Ignatius Press / 2012 / Paperback

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Death is inseparably linked with life. This is self-evident and ordinary, yet still rather incredible. The great 20th-century theologian investigates the mystery of why we wish to achieve something imperishable in the midst of our transitoriness, realizing that the answer lies in the God-man who suffered to grant us eternal life. 105 pages, softcover. Ignatius.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 105
Vendor: Ignatius Press
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 7.30 X 4.80 (inches)
ISBN: 1586171445
ISBN-13: 9781586171445
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Death and dying are inseparably linked with life. They are self-evident and at the same time cannot be grasped by reason alone - they are ordinary, and yet so incredible. In these meditations, the acclaimed theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar investigates this great mystery. He asks about the contradiction, inherent in all men, of wishing to achieve something "imperishable in transitoriness" and gives an answer culled from the Scriptures and from the Church Fathers.

In looking at this contradiction that appears to be irreconcilable from a purely human perspective, Balthasar tries to find something in the human existence that the Christian solution can take up, for if there was nothing, one would not see how Christianity could connect to our existence at all. This starting-point becomes fully visible and effective only when the Christian interpretation itself becomes evident, otherwise it remains open to dangerous misinterpretations.

The emphasis lies in the word "mystery." The reader must meditate on these profound ideas which are demanding both in language and contents - then the reading will inspire him with insights and prospects that will, while not resolving the paradox "that everything earthly is inscribed on the sand of transitoriness," will anchor it in the Christian faith, which claims that man is eternal and that God himself became man in the person of Jesus Christ to help us attain to that eternal life.

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